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.
|Winery||Joseph Phelps Vineyards|
|Varietal(s)||Estate and independently grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes were used to make this Cabernet Sauvignon.|
2012 should drink well for 25-30+ years.
Aged for 10 months in French and American oak, this forward and approachable wine boasts aromas and flavors of mulled spices, red fruit, coffee and cedar.
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.