October 31st, 2016

2013 Insignia Awarded 98+ Points by Robert Parker

We are pleased to share new reviews from Robert Parker in the latest issue of The Wine Advocate #227, including 98+ points for the recently released 40th vintage of Insignia:

2013 Joseph Phelps Insignia - 98+ points, "The 2013 Insignia (their 40th vintage) is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This wine is aged 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels… and this vintage of Insignia is certainly going to turn out to be one of the great ones. The wine offers a stunning inky blue/purple color, a gorgeous nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite, new saddle leather and barrique. The wine has fabulous concentration, a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel, and tremendous finish with moderate tannin. The 2013 should hit its peak in 5-7 years and last for 35-50.”

2014 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards - 90 points, "The 2014 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard is a blend from Phelps’ Pastorale and Quarter Moon sites. Aged 14 months in 35% new French oak, and made from a bevy of Dijon clones as well as the Mt. Eden (believed to be from the Musigny vineyard)... The wine has a dark ruby color and a big, sweet kiss of strawberries, raspberries, tart cherries and pomegranate as well as some loamy soil notes, followed by a juicy, medium-bodied mouthfeel and crisp, zesty finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.”

2014 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay, Freestone Vineyards - 91 points, "The 2014 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard is 100% Chardonnay aged 13 months in one-third new French oak puncheons and barrels… which exhibits orange marmalade, honeysuckle, a floral underpinning and some gravelly minerality. It is fresh, crisp, medium to full-bodied, and comes from a blend of different clonal material. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.”

Congratulations to our Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast vineyard and winemaking teams!

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