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.

Website

www.josephphelps.com/

Address

200 Taplin Road, St. Helena, California 94574 USA

Country

USA

Region

California

Appellation

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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¥5,000
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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¥6,000
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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¥8,500
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia

98 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec from estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards: 21% Las Rocas Vineyard (Stags Leap District), 20% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena), 19% Yountville Vineyard (Oak Knoll District) 15% Suscol Vineyard (South Napa Valley), 15% Barboza Vineyard (Stags Leap District) and 10% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford).Optimum, even ripening for Insignia designated blocks was acheived by careful vineyard management throughout the growing season. Grapes were held separate during picking, sorting and fermentation.

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¥38,000
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia

99 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc from estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards: 29% Las Rocas Vineyard (Stags Leap District), 23% Suscol Vineyard (South Napa), 20% Yountville Vineyard (Oak Knoll District), 18% Barboza Vineyard (Stags Leap District) and 10% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena).The 2016 Insignia is fresh and focused on entry with expressive cocoa powder, graphite and earthy spices. Elegant and complex with a supple, creamy texture and bold tannins, this latest vintage offers luscious ripe plum and blackberry character with hints of roasted coffee and dark cherry throughout the palate to a long, velvety finish.

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¥50,000