2017 Joseph Phelps, Insignia, 6x750ml

2017 Joseph Phelps, Insignia, 6x750ml

2017 Joseph Phelps, Insignia

Availability: 1-2 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £960.00

Critics Score: 96

Publication: Jane Anson, Decanter

Drinking Dates: 2023-2042

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.
2017 Joseph Phelps, Insignia
94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc

Joseph Phelps was a true pioneer, who recognised the potential of California's Napa Valley to produce Cabernet blends that would rival the finest from Bordeaux. Almost half a century later, the family-owned estate is still at the top of its game. In 2017 there were both challenges and opportunities. Torrential winter rainfall replenished the vines after a 5 year drought and they got off to a vigorous start. The growing season was warm and dry. The winery compares the vintage overall to the growing seasons of 1997 and 2015. 2017 would have been perfect if it wasn't for the region's wildfires. Upholding their reputation for quality consciousness, 50% of the production of the 2017 Insignia and Napa Cabernet was declassified, in order to ensure no smoke tainted grapes were included.

The Insignia positively bursts with aromas. A heady mix of intense cassis, brambles, mocha and soy, with a lifting hint of menthol. This is a poised and elegant wine, that's not short on personality. Fresh and succulent flavours of cherry pie and chocolate noisette are backed by structured tannins and weight. The long finish has a Pomerol-like floral quality. Simply gorgeous. Now-2040+. - Simon Quinn, VinQuinn Ltd.