2000 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • IWC 92
  • WA 91
  • CG 91

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IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2003
Good bright medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose of cassis crushed blackberry violet cola cedar mint chocolate and shoe polish with enticing spicy high tones. Sweet and lush but penetrating with lovely vinosity giving shape... Good bright medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose of cassis crushed blackberry violet cola cedar mint chocolate and shoe polish with enticing spicy high tones. Sweet and lush but penetrating with lovely vinosity giving shape to the black fruit and mineral flavors. Surprisingly expressive in the middle palate but finishes with youthfully tough molar-coating tannins that will require at least four or five years of bottle aging. 92(+?) points
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2003
...A strong effort for the vintage it possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a powerful nose of licorice espresso roast and black currants medium to full body a lush mid-palate and a sweet concentrated finish... ...A strong effort for the vintage it possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a powerful nose of licorice espresso roast and black currants medium to full body a lush mid-palate and a sweet concentrated finish with no hard edges...
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, August 2003
...Rich deeply fruited and entirely satisfying Phelps's newest Insignia is a serious wine that com-bines loads of lovely sweet oak spice with ripe cherries currants cocoa and glints of cream-sweetened coffee. Striking for... ...Rich deeply fruited and entirely satisfying Phelps's newest Insignia is a serious wine that com-bines loads of lovely sweet oak spice with ripe cherries currants cocoa and glints of cream-sweetened coffee. Striking for both its concentration and its surprisingly up-front lusciousness the wine tempts early drinking but it is solidly structured and can easily improve for some many years..
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2000

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.