1992 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L

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  • WS 94

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 1995
The 1992 Insignia the flagship proprietary wine of the Joseph Phelps portfolio is a 67% Cabernet Sauvignon / 33% Merlot blend. The wine is extraordinary with an opaque purple color a big spicy licorice vanillin smoky... The 1992 Insignia the flagship proprietary wine of the Joseph Phelps portfolio is a 67% Cabernet Sauvignon / 33% Merlot blend. The wine is extraordinary with an opaque purple color a big spicy licorice vanillin smoky cassis-scented nose sweet ripe massive flavor concentration and well-integrated acidity and tannin which make for an unctuous texture and a juicy mouthful of wine. It should drink well for 20+ years. It may be the most opulent and hedonistic Insignia since the debut release in 1974.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, May 2003
Starts with a slight earthiness but then quickly shows a ripe plush generous core of complex currant black cherry anise sage and blackberry that's youthful vibrant and remarkably complex. Aging very gracefully.--'92... Starts with a slight earthiness but then quickly shows a ripe plush generous core of complex currant black cherry anise sage and blackberry that's youthful vibrant and remarkably complex. Aging very gracefully.--'92 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2012. 4783 cases made. (JL)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1992

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.