2002 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 98
  • CG 96
  • WS 96
  • ST 92

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012
The 2002 Insignia (a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Merlot 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) is performing even better than it did post-bottling. A cross Napa County blend of some of their finest vineyard sources it... The 2002 Insignia (a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Merlot 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) is performing even better than it did post-bottling. A cross Napa County blend of some of their finest vineyard sources it offers a super-sweet nose of creme de cassis charcoal incense cedar and forest floor full body and silky tannins. It is one of the few Napa Cabernet Sauvignon blends that is world-class capable of 30+ years of cellaring and made in abundant quantities (between 8000-15000 cases). I remember tasting the 1974 Insignia in the late 1970's and stating that it would need to be drunk in its first 5-6 years of life. Wrong. That wine which is now 38 years of age is still a beauty!
CG 96
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, December 2005
...Once again showing the extraordinary combination of polish fruity depth and wonderfully rich oak that is particular to the very best of the Insignia lineup this concentrated intensely aromatic wine comes up long on... ...Once again showing the extraordinary combination of polish fruity depth and wonderfully rich oak that is particular to the very best of the Insignia lineup this concentrated intensely aromatic wine comes up long on character and style. Its evident ripeness is manifest in a touch of last-minute heat but its fleshy feel superb balance and neatly fit tannin bring it a peerless sense of refinement...
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2005
A rich polished seductive style with layers of complexity built around a dense concentrated mix of currant blackberry plum and exotic mocha- and cedar-scented oak. This mouthcoating young wine is powerful yet elegant and... A rich polished seductive style with layers of complexity built around a dense concentrated mix of currant blackberry plum and exotic mocha- and cedar-scented oak. This mouthcoating young wine is powerful yet elegant and deftly balanced finishing with a long succulent aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2008 through 2014. 15000 cases made. –JL
ST 92
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
92+ Full red-ruby. Slightly roasted, high-toned black raspberry nose show a slightly pruney ripeness (the VA here was a relatively elevated 0.85). Creamy, plush and sweet, displaying excellent breadth and... 92+ Full red-ruby. Slightly roasted, high-toned black raspberry nose show a slightly pruney ripeness (the VA here was a relatively elevated 0.85). Creamy, plush and sweet, displaying excellent breadth and still-considerable baby fat. This was quite flashy on release but now seems to be in an adolescent phase. Big, building tannins saturate the tongue and front teeth. Winemaker Hepworth described it as "like a teenager, and without the suavity of tannins of the 2001." I'd leave it alone for at least a couple more years, at which point it may well merit a higher score.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2002

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.