1994 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 3L

  • WA 95
  • WS 93
  • ST 93

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 1997
The 1994 Insignia is an exhilarating wine. Is it better than 1995 and 1996? I do not know but it is unquestionably a fabulous wine. Made from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc it possesses... The 1994 Insignia is an exhilarating wine. Is it better than 1995 and 1996? I do not know but it is unquestionably a fabulous wine. Made from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc it possesses lavish richness a velvety texture extraordinary aromatics (allspice cassis fruitcake cedar coffee herbs and black fruits) full body and a blockbuster finish. How many wineries can produce over 10000 cases of a wine at this compelling level of quality? The wine is so drinkable that it is hard to resist but it will last for 20 years. The first time I had it I remember thinking the 1974 Insignia would only last 8-10 years because it was so supple and rich yet it remains in fine shape today! This was one of the first wineries to produce a proprietary red wine the 1974 Insignia and there have been some great ones over the years - 1974 1975 1976 1980 and every vintage since 1991. The newest Insignias are all extra special wines that beg for attention. Fortunately the production is close to 10000-12000 cases although because of the extremely low yields in 1996 production only reached 8000 cases. This wine which spends 26 months in 100% new oak casks is a blend of some of the finest single vineyard parcels owned by the winery.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2004
A tremendous wine that combines dark rich deeply concentrated flavors with a sense of grace and finesse. This is still a bold potent youngster with a wealth of currant mocha anise and sage flavors. The tannins are big too... A tremendous wine that combines dark rich deeply concentrated flavors with a sense of grace and finesse. This is still a bold potent youngster with a wealth of currant mocha anise and sage flavors. The tannins are big too but they're ripe and they let the rich flavors push through.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. Drink now through 2010. 8000 cases made. (JL)
ST 93
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
Healthy bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, tobacco, truffle and smoke are distinctly darker than those of the 1990. Wonderfully suave, fine-grained wine with superb intensity and retention of dark fruit... Healthy bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, tobacco, truffle and smoke are distinctly darker than those of the 1990. Wonderfully suave, fine-grained wine with superb intensity and retention of dark fruit flavors. Harmonious acidity and a firm tannic spine give this wine noteworthy thrust and extend the finish. The wine's 10% Merlot component was partly from the cooler Hudson and Hyde vineyards in Carneros. This impeccably balanced wine remains remarkably fresh.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1994

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.