JOSEPH PHELPS Insignia
Napa Valley,California ,USA
產區: 加州那帕山谷 Napa Valley, Claifornia
品種: 卡本內蘇維濃(Cabernet Sauvignon)，小維鐸(Petit Verdot)，梅洛(Merlot)，馬爾貝克(Malbec)，卡貝納弗朗(Cabernet Franc)
2016- Robert Parker 100pts; James Suckling: 97pts ; Wine Enthusiast: 98pts; Jeb Dunnuck: 98pts; Wine Spectator: 95pts
2015- Robert Parker 97pts; Wine Enthusiast: 97pts; Jeb Dunnuck: 97pts
2014- Robert Parker 97pts; James Suckling: 97pts; Vinous: 97 pts
2013- Robert Parker 98pts; Wine Enthusiast: 98pts;
2012- James Suckling: 97pts; Jeb Dunnuck: 97pts; Robert Parker 96pts; Wine Enthusiast: 95pts; Wine Spectator: 93pts
2011- Wine Enthusiast: 96pts; Robert Parker 93pts; James Suckling: 92pts; Wine Spectator: 91pts
2010- Robert Parker 95pts; Wine Enthusiast: 97pts; Wine Spectator: 94pts;
2009- Robert Parker 95pts; James Suckling: 92pts; Wine Spectator: 91pts;
2008- Robert Parker 97pts; James Suckling: 96pts; Wine Spectator: 94pts; Wine Enthusiast: 93pts;
2007- Robert Parker 99pts; Wine Spectator: 96pts; James Suckling: 95pts; Wine Enthusiast: 94pts;
2002-2005 Wine Spectator TOP 100 #1(96pts);
Robert Parker 100pts-世界上最棒的卡本內蘇維濃品種混釀的葡萄酒之一One of the world's finest Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blends.
2001-Robert Parker 99pts; Wine Enthusiast: 95pts
1997- Robert Parker 100pts; Wine Spectator 97pts; Wine Enthusiast: 95pts
1991-Robert Parker 100pts; Wine Spectator 93pts
“The story of Insignia is a reflection of my grandfather’s character. He was a pioneer and an original who didn’t want to do what had already been done. He saw an opportunity to create something very special. With Insignia, he created California’s first proprietary red Bordeaux-style blend.”
– Elizabeth Neuman, Joe’s Granddaughter
In 1974 Joe Phelps had the idea to make a separate cuvee each year, one that would represent the finest wine he could make from each vintage. He didn’t necessarily think it would always be a Cabernet Sauvignon. It might be a white wine in some years, a Chardonnay or a Riesling, or it might be a Syrah or Merlot. His only thought was to make one wine that represented the best of what Joseph Phelps Vineyards could produce each year. He decided to name the wine Insignia, a proprietary name that would give him the flexibility to make the wine out of any varietal he chose.
As it happened, 1974 was a great year for Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley and the 1974 Insignia was 94% Cabernet from the Stags Leap District. The following year Merlot dominated the blend, and in 1976, it returned to Cabernet, this time from the Eisele Vineyard. It was becoming increasingly clear that red Bordeaux varieties – particularly Cabernet Sauvignon - were ideally suited to Napa Valley and would consistently yield the best wines of the vintage. From 1977 on, Cabernet Sauvignon was never less than 50% of the Insignia blend and gradually became the dominant varietal. Joe’s vision evolved: Insignia would always be a proprietary red Bordeaux-style blend.
“Joseph Phelps was one of the great visionaries of Napa Valley. His legacy is one of extraordinary quality. He was one of the first to see the merit in blending, which his legendary Insignia, which first debuted in 1974, has proven year after year. It remains one of the world’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blends.”
- Robert M. Parker, Jr.
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