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Joseph Phelps 'Insignia' Red Blend Napa Valley 2011 - 96pts WE Cellar Selection (750ml)

Joseph Phelps 'Insignia' Red Blend Napa Valley 2011 - 96pts WE Cellar Selection (750ml)

"Impeccable elegance characterizes this vintage of the producer's marquee Bordeaux-style blend, an expert finessing of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Juicy in exotic black fruit, it stands tall, with silky, towering shoulders of herb, cardamom and clove that will coalesce beautifully over time. Hold through 2026." 96pts WE Cellar Selection

82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc from 100% estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards: Stags Leap District, 20% Barboza Vineyard and 17% Las Rocas Vineyard, St. Helena, 21% Home Ranch Vineyard, Oak Knoll District, 20% Yountville Vineyard, Napa Valley, 13% Suscol Vineyard, Rutherford, 9% Banca Dorada Vineyard. ineyards are carefully monitored throughout the growing season for optimum, even ripening. Blocks remain separate during picking, sorting and fermentation. The wine was aged 24 months in 100% new French oak from coopers Taransaud, Dargaud Jaegle, Nadalie, Demptos, Marcel Cadet and Sylvain before bottling in February 2014.

First produced from the 1974 vintage, Insignia is the first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend produced in California. Each vintage is comprised of the best grapes from Joseph Phelps Vineyards, first from both grower and estate fruit, and beginning with the 2004 vintage, from entirely estate-grown fruit sources. Insignia is a Cabernet Sauvignon based wine crafted from six of the Joseph Phelps estate vineyards: 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.

In the late 1960’s, Joe Phelps was running one of the largest construction companies in the U.S., Hensel Phelps Construction Company, when he won the bid to build a new winery in Napa Valley. Enamored with the valley’s beauty, paired with his early love of wine, in 1973 Joe bought a 600-acre former cattle ranch near St. Helena. He immediately began planting vineyards as well as the construction of a winery. The first harvest in 1973 yielded Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Johannisberg Riesling bottlings, all custom crushed at nearby wineries. The Joseph Phelps winery was completed in 1974 in time for harvest, crushing grapes for the first Insignia and Syrah bottlings. It was a period of unparalleled activity, creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and risk-taking. It put Joe Phelps and Joseph Phelps Vineyards on the map of top Napa Valley wine producers.

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