x

Phelps' flagship Insignia turns 40

.

When Joseph Phelps Vineyards released its first vintage of what would become its flagship wine, Insignia, California’s first proprietary red wine blend sold for $12 a bottle.

This year, Phelps is celebrating its 40th vintage of Insignia with a special 40th vintage logo that pays homage to the original 1970s Insignia label design. It will be included on the 2013 Insignia label and a commemorative six-bottle wood box. And Insignia’s suggested retail price is $250 a bottle.

Bill Phelps, president of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, said, “As California’s first proprietary red wine blend, Insignia has been crafted annually since 1974 from the finest grapes grown in each vintage. Today, the legacy continues and Insignia remains a true testament to that commitment that began 40 years ago and will continue for years to come.

“The 2013 vintage is a special year for Insignia, not only because it is the wine’s 40th release, but also due to the extraordinary 2013 harvest that gave us fruit of exceptional purity and concentration,” he said. “I have no doubt that this vintage will stand with the finest we have yet produced.”

Originally created from the 1974 vintage, Insignia is the first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend produced in California. Each vintage is created from 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 made from six of the Joseph Phelps estate vineyards in Napa Valley.

“The 2013 Insignia is one of the wines I am most proud of,” said Phelps’ winemaker Ashley Hepworth. “It’s showing exceptionally well for being so young.” Hepworth said that 2013 had textbook weather throughout the growing season and harvest, resulting in concentrated wines with remarkable structure.

2013 Insignia is a blend of 88 percent cabernet sauvignon, 5 percent petit verdot, 3 percent merlot, 3 percent malbec and 1 percent cabernet franc from estate-grown vineyards in Stags Leap District, South Napa, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and St. Helena.

Insignia is available for purchase to visitors of the winery and online at www.josephphelps.com. It’s also distributed throughout the United States and select international markets.

 

Archive

September 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

Register to Tastingbook
Register now it's fast easy and totally free.
X
You need to login or register to view the info.
'
X
You need to login or register to access this functionality.
X
To write comments you need to login or register.
BWW-Best Wine of the World -competition 2017

BWW -Best Wine of the World -competition has started.  We welcome You to join thousands of experts to choose the best wines of the world. You decide the winners by voting! 

 

PLEASE, VOTE YOUR FAVOURITE WINES NOW and make the difference! 

 

You can vote any Red/White wines from vintages 2008-2017 and Champagnes from 2002 vintage. Just use our search engine to find your favourite wines.

 

BWW is the largest and most important wine competition in the world in terms of amount of wines, consumers and professionals.    

Grange Hermitage 2008, Penfolds
Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Hourglass Estate
Comtes de Champagne 2002, Taittinger
Montrachet 2013, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 2009, Meo Camuzet