Friday, December 09, 2005
Its history dates back to 1972, which turned out to be a landmark year in the career of Joseph Phelps. It was the year, which finally culminated into the establishment of wineries and vineyards. The Joseph Phelps vineyard is situated in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the original estate comprising of a six hundred–acre ranch. With the passage of time, it started making phenomenal growth. Joseph Phelps had a dream, and his effort to achieve those dreams was met with great success. His labor started bearing fruit, as soon the estate, which was a ranch earlier, was got transformed into a vineyard and winery.
Phelps started planting certain grape varieties in pockets that were best suited to their growth. He considered other factors like soil, climatic conditions, and exposure to be of equal importance, where as most California growers gave more weightage to climatic conditions to procure a good produce.
Vintages of Joseph Phelps Insignia
2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia
It offers aromas of black cherry jam, and allspice along with notes of ripe plums, toasted oak, tobacco, and boysenberry. It is an excellent blend of cabernet sauvignon (78%), merlot (14%), malbec (1%), and petit verdot (7%). It is a concentrated wine.
2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia
It is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (89%), petit verdot (8%), and malbec (3%). It comes in ruby/purple color and features the nose of crème de cassis, licorice, chocolate, and spice. It has a well structured body accompanied by superb intensity.
2000 Joseph Phelps Insignia
It is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (77%), petit verdot (3%), and merlot (19%) and is offered in ruby/purple color. It creates the magic of aromas of licorice, black currants, and expresso roast. It has a concentrated finish too. You may cellar it for another 10 years.
1999 Joseph Phelps Insignia
It comes in dense purple color and features nose of spice box, black fruits, vanilla, and incense. It is a perfect blend of cabernet sauvignon (71%), petit verdot (6%), cabernet franc (1%), malbec (1%), and merlot (21%).
1998 Joseph Phelps Insignia
This vintage is convincing with the aromas of chocolate, currants, toasty oak, plum, and black cherry. It is superb in terms of its richness, and flavor.
1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia
It is a nice blend of cabernet sauvignon (83%), merlot (14%), and petit verdot (3%). It comes in blue/purple color and features aromas of licorice, jammy black fruit, Asian spices, and cedar. It is an evidence of superb assimilation of acidity, alcohol, and sweet tannin.
1995 Joseph Phelps Insignia
It is as good as the vintage of 1994. It features aromas and palate of black cherry, wild berry, plum, earthy currant, and cedar oak. It is convincing in terms of fruit flavors and integration of tannins. You may cellar it.
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia
This healthy saturated dark purple color wine features a delicious finish, and sounds good in the structure. You may cellar it for another 3 years. It has aromas of black currants, pain grille, soy, fragrances of burning wood, and allspice. In addition to this, it is highly concentrated and an explosively rich wine.
1993 Joseph Phelps Insignia
It is offered in deep black cherry red color. This vintage renders aromas of cedar, spice, and roasted black fruit, and licorice. Known to be a highly extracted wine, it features tannins that are rich in flavor.
1992 Joseph Phelps Insignia
This vintage features nose of cocoa, black olive, anise cedar, cassis, along with notes of the bell pepper. You may cellar it for more years. In addition to this, it creates flavor of chunky tannins at the finish.