1999 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L
  • ST 95
  • WS 94
  • WA 91
  • CG 91

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ST 95
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
95+ Dark red-ruby. Dark nose offers inviting notes of cassis, black cherry, cocoa powder, leather and game; the first of these wines to show a strong floral element. Juicy, gripping and extremely complex, with a... 95+ Dark red-ruby. Dark nose offers inviting notes of cassis, black cherry, cocoa powder, leather and game; the first of these wines to show a strong floral element. Juicy, gripping and extremely complex, with a beautiful sugar/acid balance contributing to the impression of inner-mouth spine and energy. A wonderfully elegant, European-styled Insignia that conveys outstanding flavor intensity and depth without any impression of weight. Finishes with suave tannins and terrific length. This still-youthful wine should continue to gain in complexity.
WS 94
Wine Spectator, July 2002
Dark rich and intensely concentrated with a firm tightly wound core of currant black cherry mineral anise sage and mocha-laced oak. Well-focused with firm acidity and firm yet supple tannins. A young blockbuster in need... Dark rich and intensely concentrated with a firm tightly wound core of currant black cherry mineral anise sage and mocha-laced oak. Well-focused with firm acidity and firm yet supple tannins. A young blockbuster in need of cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2004 through 2016. 15000 cases made. –JL
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2002
...a tight but promising nose of incense spice box black fruits and vanilla. This elegant stylish and medium to full-bodied offering is made in a more French-like finesse style than such blockbusters as 1997 1996 1995 and... ...a tight but promising nose of incense spice box black fruits and vanilla. This elegant stylish and medium to full-bodied offering is made in a more French-like finesse style than such blockbusters as 1997 1996 1995 and 1994...
CG 91
Connoisseur's Guide, September 2002
...Always in the hunt for top honors in any vintage Phelps's tete du cuvee scores big points again for its stunning impressions of fruity depth its appointment of lovely oak and its altogether impeccable sense of balance... ...Always in the hunt for top honors in any vintage Phelps's tete du cuvee scores big points again for its stunning impressions of fruity depth its appointment of lovely oak and its altogether impeccable sense of balance. Full on the palate with plenty of volume and lots of essential extract it is remarkably refined and is finished with an aftertaste of cassis plums and vanilla that seems to go on forever. Like its successful forerunners it is sure to tempt early drinking but its best is most certainly yet to come.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 1999

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.