1976 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 96
  • JG 94

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 1994
This profound Cabernet Sauvignon remains one of the single greatest Cabernets I have tasted. Still young and amazingly fresh and lively the saturated purple color with garnet hues creeping in is followed by a huge... This profound Cabernet Sauvignon remains one of the single greatest Cabernets I have tasted. Still young and amazingly fresh and lively the saturated purple color with garnet hues creeping in is followed by a huge mind-blowing bouquet of pure black-raspberry and curranty fruit minerals licorice and violets. A wine of legendary proportions it is fabulously concentrated rich and superbly well-balanced. Still possessing copious quantities of tannin it can be drunk now but it promises to evolve for at least two more decades. This wine has consistently been one of the greats! Over 90% of the grapes came from Napa's Eisele Vineyard near Calistoga.
JG 94
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, February 2014
The 1976 Phelps Insignia is essentially the Eisele Vineyard bottling in this drought year, as the Insignia did not become a more merlot-influenced Bordeaux blend until the 1977 vintage, and the first three vintages this... The 1976 Phelps Insignia is essentially the Eisele Vineyard bottling in this drought year, as the Insignia did not become a more merlot-influenced Bordeaux blend until the 1977 vintage, and the first three vintages this cuvée was envisioned as the top of the line, cabernet sauvignon bottling from the winery. Consequently, the 1976 is ninety-four percent cabernet from the Eisele Vineyard. It has been a few years since I last reported on this great wine, with my most recent bottle showing a bit more of the influence from this very arid vintage, with the bouquet offering up scents of roasted cassis, eucalyptus, a touch of tariness, Cuban cigar smoke, a beautiful base of soil, espresso and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and still fairly structured, with a bit of backend tannin still perking up the finish, a great core of fruit and outstanding length and grip on the balanced and complex finish. A beautiful bottle. 2010-2035+.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1976

Label

First produced from the iconic 1974 vintage, Phelps Insignia is the first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend produced in California. Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, each vintage is comprised of the best grapes from Joseph Phelps Vineyards, initially from both grower and estate fruit, and beginning with the 2004 vintage, from entirely estate-grown fruit sources. Grapes from six of the Joseph Phelps estate vineyards go into Insignia: Spring Valley Home Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena, Banca Dorada Vineyard on the Rutherford Bench, Las Rocas and Barboza Vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Yountville Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District and Suscol Vineyard in South Napa Valley.

Winery

Phelps, Joseph

In the late 1960’s, Joseph Phelps, a successful construction company owner from Colorado, came to the Napa Valley to build a winery for Souverain (now Rutherford Hill). Like many others, he fell in love with the region and the industry and in 1974, he completed construction on his own eponymously named Joseph Phelps Winery, just in time to harvest the first vintages of Syrah and Insignia. Four decades later, Phelps Insignia is recognized as one of the world’s great and most highly-rated wines.

Over the years, the goal of becoming 100% estate grown resulted in carefully planned acquisitions of prime vineyards in the Napa Valley. Since 2004, all Phelps wines are made from estate-grown fruit, including Phelps Insignia, the estate labeled Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier, the Oakville single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Backus’, Eisrebe, a dessert wine made from the Scheurebe grape, and Syrah from the Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard.

Joe Phelps also had a life-long love affair with the wines of Burgundy and a desire to craft wines in that style. He found the ideal spot for the perfect combination of climate, soil and location in Freestone, in the Sonoma Coast AVA. In 1999, he began developing 100 acres of vineyards just outside of Freestone and in 2005, construction began on a new winery. Today, 80 acres of Pinot Noir and 20 acres of Chardonnay produce remarkable estate-grown wines bearing the Joseph Phelps name under the Freestone label.