Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps, who spent his early years as a working member of a farm family, founded the winery and vineyards which bears his name in 1972. This carefully brought up vineyard, situated in Spring Valley near St. Helena, is surrounded by undulating cattle farms, oak forests and abundant nature.

Long known for his innovative spirit and passion for quality, Joseph Phelps pioneered a number of “firsts” in the early years of the winery. The 1974 Insignia, released in the spring of 1978, was the first Bordeaux-style blend produced in California under a proprietary label. Varietals produced at Phelps include Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and the Insignia which due to its smooth mellowness and deep flavors, is recognised as one of the top icon wines from the Napa region.



200 Taplin Road, St. Helena, California 94574 USA






Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District (Napa Valley), Oakville (Napa Valley), Rutherford (Napa Valley), St. Helena (Napa Valley), Stags Leap (Napa Valley), Sonoma Coast

Wines from this Winery

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Innisfree Cabernet Sauvignon

This deep ruby red wine is medium bodied with fine gripping tannins and nice acidity. It has a long, concentrated finish that lingers on the palate.    

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Joseph Phelps Fogdog Pinot Noir

100% Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards. The 2012 Fogdog Pinot Noir boasts dark cherry and Freestone spice followed by fresh earth and hints of toasty oak. Bright, with balanced acidity and nice texture, this wine is filled with lush red raspberry, cherry compote and savory herbs leading to a pleasing long finish touched by wild mushroom and baking spices.

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

This wine has aromatic characteristics ranging from floral and mineral notes to citrus and green melon. The expressive palate is clean and balanced with excellent richness and length.     

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Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyard Pinot Noir

A bright bouquet of red cherries and summer berries, black pepper, cassis and sweet vanilla.   An exceptionally fruit expressive wine with a core of black cherries and blackberries, lingering Freestone spice and notes of forest floor and tangerine peel. A creamy mouthfeel and silky texture paired with balanced tannins and acidity lead to a long, pleasing finish. 

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Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyard Chardonnay

This Chardonnay opens with a bright bouquet overflowing with apple, honeysuckle, white flower and Meyer lemon zest laced with notes of crushed rock and toasted Brioche. Fresh and lively with balanced minerality and a creamy texture, the wine boasts tart green apple, lemon custard and honeydew melon flavors throughout. Long and lingering, the finish is touched with stone fruit and sweet vanilla.

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark and concentrated, it is smooth-textured, supple and harmonious, with subtle layers of currant, spice, herb, anise and light cedary oak, ending with a graceful mix of ripe fruit and fine-grained tannins. It is round and silky with a pleasingly long finish. This Cabernet Sauvignon that has been produced since 1970, has received high appraisal for being the second coming of Insignia.

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia

98+p!!  2013 Insignia has received the highest ever on-release score of Insignia in the 40 vintages of our flagship cuvee 2013 Insignia has received the highest ever on-release score of Insignia in the 40 vintages of Joseph Phelps's flagship cuvee. 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. 

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