2001 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • WA 98
  • WE 96
  • W&S 95
  • ST 95
  • CG 93
  • JR 90

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2013
(98+) Still a young wine at age 12, the 2001 Insignia exhibits a dense purple color along with a sweet bouquet of camphor, blackberries, cassis, incense and spring flowers. Full-bodied, rich and heady with sweet tannin... (98+) Still a young wine at age 12, the 2001 Insignia exhibits a dense purple color along with a sweet bouquet of camphor, blackberries, cassis, incense and spring flowers. Full-bodied, rich and heady with sweet tannin, stunning concentration and a fabulous finish, this remarkable Insignia has 25 or more years of life ahead of it. 98+ - Robert Parker
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, October 2004
A triumph. Aged nearly two years in all-new French oak this massive wine stuns with its superb balance. Manages the elusive challenge of reining in hugely ripe black currant cherry and oak flavors and sweet tannins while... A triumph. Aged nearly two years in all-new French oak this massive wine stuns with its superb balance. Manages the elusive challenge of reining in hugely ripe black currant cherry and oak flavors and sweet tannins while keeping the palate impression soft and alluring almost feminine...
W&S 95
Wine & Spirits, February 2005
This is a great vintage of Insignia, which means it's a great Napa cabernet that will last for decades. The balance is amazing, incorporating beautiful red fruit deepening to black cherry and darker berry, a lot of... This is a great vintage of Insignia, which means it's a great Napa cabernet that will last for decades. The balance is amazing, incorporating beautiful red fruit deepening to black cherry and darker berry, a lot of alcohol and a lot of oak holding it structured and strong. The texture is flawless, with tannins adding richness and earthy notes of black Stags Leap District soil. Those tannins seamlessly support the sweet blend of cabernet with a touch of petite verdot (8 percent) and malbec (3) extending the clean berry flavors long after each sip. Dynamic now, complex in ten years' time.
ST 95
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
95+ Dark red with ruby highlights. The aromas of currant, graphite minerality and dark chocolate convey an inviting warmth. Wonderfully suave, fleshy and sweet, especially for its 13.9% alcohol. Deep, broad flavors of... 95+ Dark red with ruby highlights. The aromas of currant, graphite minerality and dark chocolate convey an inviting warmth. Wonderfully suave, fleshy and sweet, especially for its 13.9% alcohol. Deep, broad flavors of raspberry, sandalwood and soy are energized by a subtle mineral quality and harmonious acidity. Outstanding intensity and tight grain here. Finishes with serious but integrated tannins that spread out horizontally on the very long finish. This wonderfully balanced, still-young wine has clearly benefited from the firming influence of its 8% Petit Verdot element, the highest to this point. Incidentally, this was the last vintage of the Insignia with measurable brettanomyces--but it works for me!
CG 93
Connoisseur's Guide, December 2004
Far and away the more polished of the two showcase bottlings from Phelps this year's Insignia is simply bursting with well-extracted curranty fruit and is from its first sniff through to its very long finish a luxuriant... Far and away the more polished of the two showcase bottlings from Phelps this year's Insignia is simply bursting with well-extracted curranty fruit and is from its first sniff through to its very long finish a luxuriant wine that is layered with gorgeous oak. It claims different territory than its sturdier partner below and it achieves a real sense of elegance without sacrificing richness or size...
JR 90
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2013
First vintage with no Merlot. Bright crimson with blackish hints. Lively top notes with real refreshment. I'd have guessed more Cab Franc from the nose. But then lots of sweetness on the palate. And a certain tarriness of... First vintage with no Merlot. Bright crimson with blackish hints. Lively top notes with real refreshment. I'd have guessed more Cab Franc from the nose. But then lots of sweetness on the palate. And a certain tarriness of texture. Still a little chewy and bitter. I wouldn't choose to drink this yet! 17/20
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2001
Percent alcohol 13.9%
Closure Cork

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.