1998 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L

  • WS 93
  • WA 91
  • CG 91
  • ST 91

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WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2001
...deliciously rich and complex youngster brimming with layers of curant blackberry plum mineral spice chocolate and cedar. Finishes with a gush of flavors yet maintains its finesse and grace...
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2000
...Evolved with a saturated ruby/purple color it possesses a sumptuous bouquet of smoke cedar licorice and cassis. This full-bodied fat succulent effort reveals admirable purity and symmetry and a soft finish with... ...Evolved with a saturated ruby/purple color it possesses a sumptuous bouquet of smoke cedar licorice and cassis. This full-bodied fat succulent effort reveals admirable purity and symmetry and a soft finish with remarkably deep flavors that caress the palate...
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, August 2001
...It has been argued that this version of Insignia is not up to past efforts and we have little dispute with that idea on the surface. But one taste of this lovely supple rich bottling makes the strong point that Phelps... ...It has been argued that this version of Insignia is not up to past efforts and we have little dispute with that idea on the surface. But one taste of this lovely supple rich bottling makes the strong point that Phelps has succeeded in 1998 when so many others have not. Fairly concentrated and well-fruited with scent of cherries and currants pushing forward of loamy oaky root beer-like nuances the wine is wonderfully polished and rounded on the palate yet displays a background of firming tannins...
ST 91
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
Good dark red. Complex scents of redcurrant, plum, dusty herbs and spicebox, plus a note of fennel and a suggestion of salami meatiness. Nicely sweet but tightly wound, even a bit clenched on the back end, with a licorice... Good dark red. Complex scents of redcurrant, plum, dusty herbs and spicebox, plus a note of fennel and a suggestion of salami meatiness. Nicely sweet but tightly wound, even a bit clenched on the back end, with a licorice element providing lift. A distinct minty note serves to brighten the middle palate without overshadowing the wine's plum, spice and cedar flavors. This wine showed a slight canned-vegetable aspect early on but no longer. À point.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 1998

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.