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. View all Joseph Phelps Vineyards Wines
Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Merlot 2002
Merlot from Napa Valley, California
"This is a solid, even gutsy Merlot, with a dense, chewy core of spicy currant, plum, black cherry and fresh earth and mineral notes, finishing with a dash of cocoa. Excellent structure, depth and persistence. Best from 2007 through 2012."
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.It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewBill Eyer - Chula Vista, CA49/22/2008This wine had a tight beam of fruit on the front palate and a long consistent finish. A structured and well balanced beauty of crimson delight! The bouquet spoke immediately of the elegance which awaited within the glass. I gave this wine a lookup online today and see WS, liked it quite a bit as well. They seem to agree with most of my reviews, maybe they check my notes?? Not!, but I'd like to think so.. but I digress. (love that word) to check out the rest of my review and if you're interested in pairing suggestions, click on over to by blog @ cuveecorner.blogspot.com. Cheers everyone!Related Products
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Light & Crisp
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Fruity & Smooth
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Rich & Creamy
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