2007 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 98
  • WS 96
  • ST 93

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2010
The 2007 Insignia (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) looks to be one of the greatest wines yet produced at this historic winery. Beautiful aromas of creme de cassis and flowers jump from the... The 2007 Insignia (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) looks to be one of the greatest wines yet produced at this historic winery. Beautiful aromas of creme de cassis and flowers jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored effort. Sweet oak is present but it is pushed to the background by the wine's extravagant wealth of fruit and full-bodied power. This is finesse and flavor authority put into a classic Napa Valley Cabernet with a seamless integration of all its component parts. Already complex and approachable it should evolve for three decades or more but who can resist it now? It is a staggering complex expression of Napa viticulture. Anticipated maturity: now-2030. Another great success for Phelps the 2007 and 2008 Insignias may be the best back-to-back vintages they have produced since 1995 and 1994. The 2008 has some tannins to resolve whereas the 2007 has already assimilated them.
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2010
Firm intense and concentrated massive yet well-proportioned with a dense focused core of graphite dried currant blackberry black tea forest floor and blueberry flavors. Full-blown finishing with rich layered tannins that... Firm intense and concentrated massive yet well-proportioned with a dense focused core of graphite dried currant blackberry black tea forest floor and blueberry flavors. Full-blown finishing with rich layered tannins that beg for cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2025.
ST 93
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
93+ Saturated medium ruby. Very fresh black fruit aromas are complicated by licorice, espresso and dark chocolate and lifted by a violet topnote. Flashier, fleshier and sweeter than the relative closed 2006, conveying an... 93+ Saturated medium ruby. Very fresh black fruit aromas are complicated by licorice, espresso and dark chocolate and lifted by a violet topnote. Flashier, fleshier and sweeter than the relative closed 2006, conveying an almost syrupy concentration without going over the top. A bomb of ripe dark fruits with complementary torrefaction notes, but this very thick wine is also unevolved and in need of more cellaring to gain in complexity, not to mention to resolve its big, tongue-clenching tannins. Includes 40% Suscol vineyard fruit, which Hepworth says "does great in warm years." Incidentally production in 2007 was down 20% from 2006.
JJB 94
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, May 2010
Inky purple-black at the core with a deep crimson rim. The nose is pure elegant fruit revealing layer after layer that begs to be explored. Aromas of crème de cassis dry stone fall leaves and tobacco all make an... Inky purple-black at the core with a deep crimson rim. The nose is pure elegant fruit revealing layer after layer that begs to be explored. Aromas of crème de cassis dry stone fall leaves and tobacco all make an appearance but it's the freshness balance focus and precision that put this wine above others with a similar fruit core. Finishes with sweet dry tannins and a hint of eucalyptus. This should age well given the structure and the moderate 14.5% alcohol.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2007

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.