$240.00, Phelps Preferred $192.00
Blend and Grape Sources

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc from 100% estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards:

·Stags Leap District, 17% Barboza Vineyard and 10% Las Rocas Vineyard
• Napa Valley, 22% Suscol Vineyard
• St. Helena, 18% Home Ranch Vineyard
• Oak Knoll District, 18% Yountville Vineyard
• Rutherford, 15% Banca Dorada Vineyard

Napa Valley
Harvest Dates
October 3-29, 2012

“The proprietary name Insignia was selected to represent the finest lots available from each vintage, and to emphasize the importance of blending over varietal designation as a determinate of quality.” –Joseph Phelps

Winemaking Data

Vineyards were carefully monitored throughout the growing season for optimum, even ripening, paying close attention to Insignia designated blocks. Grapes were held seperate during picking, sorting and fermentation. The wine was aged 24 months in 100% new French oak from coopers Taransaud, Dargaud Jaegle, Nadalie, Demptos, Marcel Cadet and Sylvain prior to bottling in January 2015.

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Insignia has an inky dark hue and aromas of ripe blackberries, star anise, cigar box, clove and sweet mocha notes. Richly opulent with velvety texture and supple tannins, this full-bodied offering envelops the palate in luscious, lingering black plum and violets along with layers of baking spices.

Vintage Notes

The 2012 growing season proved to be excellent from start to finish in Napa Valley. It was a warmer year than the prior three, beginning with cold, dry and sunny weather for the first few months. Bud break occurred during the first two weeks of April and both bloom and veraison took place earlier than 2010 and 2011. Phenomenal fruit set and perfect ripening weather in August, September and October resulted in superior fruit with exceptional quality. 

Release Date
September 1, 2015
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