Joseph Phelps

Joseph Phelps is one of Napa Valley’s most prominent and best known producers. Establishing his winery ed in 1973, Phelps conceived an idea to create a separate cuvée each year, one that would represent the finest wine he could make without any limitation on grape varietals or site selection. So without realising its significance, in 1974 he created and launched the first Napa ‘proprietary red’ - called Joseph Phelps ‘Insignia’. This moment of inspiration has spawned countless emulations – and today ‘proprietary reds’ are the stable expression of most of the top Napa estates.

Joseph Phelps remains one of the few family-run wineries in Napa, encompassing nine estate vineyards. ‘Insignia’ remains the estate’s flagship and the ultimate expression of what these vineyards can produce

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £406.07
2013

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 24 Aug 2021

California 6x75cl 2 - Inc. VAT: £406.07
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £376.07
2014

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Phelps is now producing three cuvées of Cabernet Sauvignon – their Napa Valley, their flagship proprietary red Bordeaux blend called Insignia (which they debuted in 1974), and their Oakville steep hillside vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon called Backus. The basic Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It saw 18 months in a combination of both French and American casks. This is their biggest cuvée (27,000 cases) and it is a beauty. The 2014 is supple, with silky tannins, dark plum, blackcurrant and licorice-infused fruit with a touch of spice, a lushness on the attack and mid-palate, and a silky finish. This wine was meant for early drinking, but there is no doubt it has the concentration and overall balance to age nicely for 15-20 years.
As per photos, 1881418 Not SIB, Damaged label Delivery to Storage from 24 Aug 2021

California 6x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £376.07
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £398.87
2015

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (91)

Blended of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, sourced from six vineyards, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a medium to deep garnet-purple color and nose of red and black currants, black raspberries and mulberries with hints of pencil shavings, cinnamon stick, cloves and vanilla pod. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has great freshness, with the vibrant, open-for-business fruit well supported by ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with good length. 23,000 cases were made.
Delivery to Storage from 24 Aug 2021

California 6x75cl 7 91 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £398.87
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £412.07
2016

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94)

This has very bright and juicy, brambly dark berries with a wealth of attractive and juicy dark-fruit presence. This has depth, detail and long, layered dark-fruit flavors. Impressively chiseled finish. Drink or hold.
As per photos, 1881449 Delivery to Storage from 24 Aug 2021

California 6x75cl 1 94 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £412.07
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £423.47
2017

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95)

Very aromatic with blueberries and blackcurrants, as well as red licorice. Floral, too. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and lightly chewy. Lovely depth of fruit here. Rich and flavorful. Extremely well done for the vintage. Shows more finesse and tightness than 2016. Very classic. One-third of the production. Try it. Drink after 2022, but already delicious.
In Stock in Bordeaux

California 6x75cl 1 95 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £423.47
Joseph Phelps Eisele Vinyard 1983 (1x600cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,559.82
1983

Joseph Phelps Eisele Vinyard 1983 (1x600cl)
As per photo Delivery to Storage from 7 Sep 2021

California 1x600cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £1,559.82
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2010 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,270.07
2010

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

A gorgeously intense bouquet of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, black currants, blackberries, and subtle smoke and foresty aromas jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with soft tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty is one of the top Insignias produced over recent years. It should age easily for 20+ years.
Delivery to Storage from 8 Sep 2021

California 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,270.07
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,276.07
2013

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98+)

The 2013 Insignia (their 40th vintage) is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This wine is aged 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels, and the production can vary from just over 10,000 cases to nearly 20,000 cases in a very abundant vintage. There were 12,300 cases produced in 2013, and this vintage of Insignia is certainly going to turn out to be one of the great ones. The wine offers a stunning inky blue/purple color, a gorgeous nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite, new saddle leather and barrique. The wine has fabulous concentration, a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel, and tremendous finish with moderate tannin. It’s interesting to note that the Phelps winemaking staff had been gradually reducing the amount of Merlot in this wine over recent vintages. The 2013 should hit its peak in 5-7 years and last for 35-50.
Delivery to Storage from 8 Sep 2021

California 6x75cl 1 98+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,276.07
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2015 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,242.47
2015

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2015 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

The 2015 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with stunning black and red plums, cassis and mulberries scents with loads of redcurrant sparks and compelling wafts of lilacs, pencil shavings, black olives and tilled soil plus a hint of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with red and black currant fireworks plus some exciting mineral nuances coming through, framed by firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and beautifully layered. 12,400 cases produced.
Delivery to Storage from 24 Aug 2021

California 6x75cl 3 98 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,242.47
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,316.87
2016

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99)

Bottled in January 2019, the 2016 Insignia is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is a little reticent to begin, needing a fair bit of coaxing to reveal beautifully beguiling notions of wild blueberries, warm blackberries, black currant cordial, cloves and cedar chest with nuances of camphor, yeast extract, charcuterie and candied violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has fantastic elegance and depth, revealing loads of subtle floral, black fruit and earthy layers with a firm, very finely grained texture and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length. 13,400 cases were made.
Delivery to Storage from 8 Sep 2021

California 6x75cl 5 99 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,316.87
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,168.07
2017

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2017 (6x75cl)

Decanter (96)

This has a real sense of freshness and grip. A pure expression of Cabernet with a shot of eucalyptus and menthol, extremely concentrated but with elegance and power. The tannins just grip on to your palate and don't let go leading to a lovely chewy finish. This is great stuff, with a discernibly finessed style that shows a fine tannic balance magnified through the lens of Californian heat and laced through with cassis, espresso and chocolate block. Great structure, this will take a few decades of ageing in its stride. 100% new oak, from five vineyards around Napa Valley, mainly in Stags Leap and Oak Knoll.
Delivery to Storage from 16 Sep 2021

California 6x75cl 2 96 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,168.07
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £325.00
2013

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (6x75cl)
Delivery to Storage from 24 Aug 2021

California 6x75cl 2 - In Bond: £325.00
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £300.00
2014

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Phelps is now producing three cuvées of Cabernet Sauvignon – their Napa Valley, their flagship proprietary red Bordeaux blend called Insignia (which they debuted in 1974), and their Oakville steep hillside vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon called Backus. The basic Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. It saw 18 months in a combination of both French and American casks. This is their biggest cuvée (27,000 cases) and it is a beauty. The 2014 is supple, with silky tannins, dark plum, blackcurrant and licorice-infused fruit with a touch of spice, a lushness on the attack and mid-palate, and a silky finish. This wine was meant for early drinking, but there is no doubt it has the concentration and overall balance to age nicely for 15-20 years.
As per photos, 1881418 Not SIB, Damaged label Delivery to Storage from 24 Aug 2021

California 6x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £300.00
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £319.00
2015

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (91)

Blended of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, sourced from six vineyards, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a medium to deep garnet-purple color and nose of red and black currants, black raspberries and mulberries with hints of pencil shavings, cinnamon stick, cloves and vanilla pod. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has great freshness, with the vibrant, open-for-business fruit well supported by ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with good length. 23,000 cases were made.
Delivery to Storage from 24 Aug 2021

California 6x75cl 7 91 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £319.00
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £330.00
2016

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94)

This has very bright and juicy, brambly dark berries with a wealth of attractive and juicy dark-fruit presence. This has depth, detail and long, layered dark-fruit flavors. Impressively chiseled finish. Drink or hold.
As per photos, 1881449 Delivery to Storage from 24 Aug 2021

California 6x75cl 1 94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £330.00
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £339.50
2017

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95)

Very aromatic with blueberries and blackcurrants, as well as red licorice. Floral, too. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and lightly chewy. Lovely depth of fruit here. Rich and flavorful. Extremely well done for the vintage. Shows more finesse and tightness than 2016. Very classic. One-third of the production. Try it. Drink after 2022, but already delicious.
In Stock in Bordeaux

California 6x75cl 1 95 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £339.50
Joseph Phelps Eisele Vinyard 1983 (1x600cl)
In Bond: £1,282.00
1983

Joseph Phelps Eisele Vinyard 1983 (1x600cl)
As per photo Delivery to Storage from 7 Sep 2021

California 1x600cl 1 - In Bond: £1,282.00
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,045.00
2010

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2010 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (95)

A gorgeously intense bouquet of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, black currants, blackberries, and subtle smoke and foresty aromas jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with soft tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty is one of the top Insignias produced over recent years. It should age easily for 20+ years.
Delivery to Storage from 8 Sep 2021

California 6x75cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,045.00
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,050.00
2013

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98+)

The 2013 Insignia (their 40th vintage) is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This wine is aged 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels, and the production can vary from just over 10,000 cases to nearly 20,000 cases in a very abundant vintage. There were 12,300 cases produced in 2013, and this vintage of Insignia is certainly going to turn out to be one of the great ones. The wine offers a stunning inky blue/purple color, a gorgeous nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite, new saddle leather and barrique. The wine has fabulous concentration, a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel, and tremendous finish with moderate tannin. It’s interesting to note that the Phelps winemaking staff had been gradually reducing the amount of Merlot in this wine over recent vintages. The 2013 should hit its peak in 5-7 years and last for 35-50.
Delivery to Storage from 8 Sep 2021

California 6x75cl 1 98+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,050.00
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2015 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,022.00
2015

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2015 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

The 2015 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with stunning black and red plums, cassis and mulberries scents with loads of redcurrant sparks and compelling wafts of lilacs, pencil shavings, black olives and tilled soil plus a hint of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with red and black currant fireworks plus some exciting mineral nuances coming through, framed by firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and beautifully layered. 12,400 cases produced.
Delivery to Storage from 24 Aug 2021

California 6x75cl 3 98 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,022.00
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,084.00
2016

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99)

Bottled in January 2019, the 2016 Insignia is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is a little reticent to begin, needing a fair bit of coaxing to reveal beautifully beguiling notions of wild blueberries, warm blackberries, black currant cordial, cloves and cedar chest with nuances of camphor, yeast extract, charcuterie and candied violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has fantastic elegance and depth, revealing loads of subtle floral, black fruit and earthy layers with a firm, very finely grained texture and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length. 13,400 cases were made.
Delivery to Storage from 8 Sep 2021

California 6x75cl 5 99 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,084.00
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £960.00
2017

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2017 (6x75cl)

Decanter (96)

This has a real sense of freshness and grip. A pure expression of Cabernet with a shot of eucalyptus and menthol, extremely concentrated but with elegance and power. The tannins just grip on to your palate and don't let go leading to a lovely chewy finish. This is great stuff, with a discernibly finessed style that shows a fine tannic balance magnified through the lens of Californian heat and laced through with cassis, espresso and chocolate block. Great structure, this will take a few decades of ageing in its stride. 100% new oak, from five vineyards around Napa Valley, mainly in Stags Leap and Oak Knoll.
Delivery to Storage from 16 Sep 2021

California 6x75cl 2 96 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £960.00

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