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Insignia California's Top 10 Collectible Wines
In the December issue of Wine Enthusiast: Last year, Liv-ex, the global marketplace for the wine trade, introduced its California 50 Index, and sales of the top collectibles have surged at Sotheby’s in New York City, Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. in Chicago and on the San Francisco-based Vinfolio trading and cellar-management platform. This means that now is an ideal time to collect the crème de la crème of California wines, those with proven ability to improve over time in both enjoyment and worth.
Joseph Phelps Insignia was the first of many high-end red wines in the modern era to carry a proprietary name rather than a varietal label. Though the initial idea was to allow for flexibility to make the wine from any varietal, founder Joseph Phelps and then-winemaker Walter Schug would soon focus Insignia on a blend made from Bordeaux varieties. Eventually, the grapes came mostly from Phelps’ own vineyards, especially those from the cooler parts of Napa Valley, like the Stags Leap District, Oak Knoll and the south of the valley. Recent vintages stress Cabernet Sauvignon and show vivid fruit character complemented by generous oak spices.