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 2015 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £408.47
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.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

California 6x75cl 1 91 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £408.47
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £502.67
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.
In Stock in Bordeaux

California 6x75cl 1 94 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £502.67
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £433.07
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: £433.07
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £354.47
2018

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96)

Very pretty blackberry, blackcurrant, walnut, forest-flower and dark-walnut aromas follow through to a full body with round, juicy tannins that are fine-grained and beautiful. Lovely length and generosity, but reserved at the finish to give it tension. Mostly from the Soscol vineyard. 97% cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 15 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 3 96 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £354.47
Joseph Phelps Eisele Vinyard 1983 (1x600cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,539.42
1983

Joseph Phelps Eisele Vinyard 1983 (1x600cl)
As per photo Delivery to Storage from 21 Nov 2021

California 1x600cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £1,539.42
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,237.67
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 22 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 4 99 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,237.67
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 30 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 2 96 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,168.07
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018 (3x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,764.47
2018

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018 (3x150cl)

James Suckling (99)

Blackberry and black chocolate with mint, conifer and clove. Sweet tobacco, violets and flowers, too. Some graphite. Cool and complex. Full-bodied with ultra fine, dusty tannins and a wonderful, extremely long finish. Savory and refined. A classic-styled 2018. This needs time, but is so approachable and gorgeous. One of the best Insignias ever. Alive and changing all the time. 40% Stags Leap AVA. 87% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 3% malbec and 2% cabernet franc. Leave this for five or six years, but so wonderful now.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

California 3x150cl 15 99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,764.47
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,189.67
2018

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99)

Blackberry and black chocolate with mint, conifer and clove. Sweet tobacco, violets and flowers, too. Some graphite. Cool and complex. Full-bodied with ultra fine, dusty tannins and a wonderful, extremely long finish. Savory and refined. A classic-styled 2018. This needs time, but is so approachable and gorgeous. One of the best Insignias ever. Alive and changing all the time. 40% Stags Leap AVA. 87% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 3% malbec and 2% cabernet franc. Leave this for five or six years, but so wonderful now.
Delivery to Storage from 15 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 2 99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,189.67
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £327.00
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.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

California 6x75cl 1 91 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £327.00
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £405.50
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.
In Stock in Bordeaux

California 6x75cl 1 94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £405.50
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £347.50
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: £347.50
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £282.00
2018

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96)

Very pretty blackberry, blackcurrant, walnut, forest-flower and dark-walnut aromas follow through to a full body with round, juicy tannins that are fine-grained and beautiful. Lovely length and generosity, but reserved at the finish to give it tension. Mostly from the Soscol vineyard. 97% cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 15 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 3 96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £282.00
Joseph Phelps Eisele Vinyard 1983 (1x600cl)
In Bond: £1,265.00
1983

Joseph Phelps Eisele Vinyard 1983 (1x600cl)
As per photo Delivery to Storage from 21 Nov 2021

California 1x600cl 1 - In Bond: £1,265.00
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,018.00
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 22 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 4 99 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,018.00
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 30 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 2 96 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £960.00
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018 (3x150cl)
In Bond: £1,457.00
2018

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018 (3x150cl)

James Suckling (99)

Blackberry and black chocolate with mint, conifer and clove. Sweet tobacco, violets and flowers, too. Some graphite. Cool and complex. Full-bodied with ultra fine, dusty tannins and a wonderful, extremely long finish. Savory and refined. A classic-styled 2018. This needs time, but is so approachable and gorgeous. One of the best Insignias ever. Alive and changing all the time. 40% Stags Leap AVA. 87% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 3% malbec and 2% cabernet franc. Leave this for five or six years, but so wonderful now.
Delivery to Storage from 22 Nov 2021

California 3x150cl 15 99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,457.00
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £978.00
2018

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99)

Blackberry and black chocolate with mint, conifer and clove. Sweet tobacco, violets and flowers, too. Some graphite. Cool and complex. Full-bodied with ultra fine, dusty tannins and a wonderful, extremely long finish. Savory and refined. A classic-styled 2018. This needs time, but is so approachable and gorgeous. One of the best Insignias ever. Alive and changing all the time. 40% Stags Leap AVA. 87% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 3% malbec and 2% cabernet franc. Leave this for five or six years, but so wonderful now.
Delivery to Storage from 15 Nov 2021

California 6x75cl 2 99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £978.00

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