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.
|Appellation||St. Helena (Napa Valley)|
|Winery||Joseph Phelps Vineyards|
|Varietal(s)||The estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes used for this wine are from the Joseph Phelps Spring Valley vineyard near St. Helena.|
They are fermented on the lees for 9 months in French oak then blended and bottled in the following spring.
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.