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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Joseph Phelps Insignia 1998
Joseph Phelps Insignia 1998
(search item no. 21547)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $159.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With complex aromas of black cherry, plum, chocolate, currant and toasty oak, the wine displays layers of flavor and richness that disguise its power and longevity. Beautifully crafted and balanced, the 1998 Insignia reflects a new level of quality from both the vineyards and the growing regions.
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About Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to crafting world class, estate-grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch near St. Helena in the Napa Valley, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines on eight estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District, Carneros and South Napa Valley. In 1999, the Phelps family added 100 acres of vineyard property near the town of Freestone on the Sonoma Coast, where Phelps now grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Phelps is best known for its flagship Napa Valley blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking.