1995 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 97
  • WS 94
  • ST 91

$229.94

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 1998
The 1995 Insignia may be slightly better than the 1994 - as hard as that is to believe. The final blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. The 1995 exhibits a character similar to the 1994 - cassis... The 1995 Insignia may be slightly better than the 1994 - as hard as that is to believe. The final blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. The 1995 exhibits a character similar to the 1994 - cassis fruitcake cedar herbs coffee and black fruits intermixed with smoke - but the 1995 is slightly longer in the mouth. It is a wine of extraordinary extraction full body and marvelously pure fruit. Moreover it has managed to soak up the 100% new oak aging leaving only subtle pain grille notes. The tannin may be slightly more noticeable in the 1994 but my instincts suggest the 1995 is even richer and longer than the 1994 - as amazing as that sounds. This prodigious Insignia should be at its best over the next 20-25 years.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2005
Very Bordeaux-like in its complex cedar currant and anise aromas. Firm concentrated and still quite tannic it is bold and rich with layers of currant plum mineral cedar and tobacco flavors many of which are still in their... Very Bordeaux-like in its complex cedar currant and anise aromas. Firm concentrated and still quite tannic it is bold and rich with layers of currant plum mineral cedar and tobacco flavors many of which are still in their youthful primary stage. While it is certainly approachable (best decanted) it appears to have the concentration and stuffing to go another decade. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and Petite Verdot.--1995 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2015. 10000 cases made. -JL
ST 91
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, June 2016
Bright, dark red-ruby. Inviting aromas of black raspberry, woodsmoke, cedar, mocha, olive tapenade and dried flowers, plus a building note of truffle. Smooth on entry, then a bit dusty in the middle palate, with the... Bright, dark red-ruby. Inviting aromas of black raspberry, woodsmoke, cedar, mocha, olive tapenade and dried flowers, plus a building note of truffle. Smooth on entry, then a bit dusty in the middle palate, with the raspberry, mocha and underbrush flavors showing good savory energy and moderate sweetness and depth. This wine doesn't have quite the mid-palate fat to support its tannins as the 1994 Insignia has, and yet it gained in clarity and intensity as it opened in the glass, without showing any dryness on the back end. My score went up accordingly.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1995

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.