Joseph Phelps Insignia 2014 Napa Valley

Joseph Phelps


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Country of Origin: USA
Region: Napa Valley
Type: Red Wine
Grape variety: Bordeaux Blend - 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2014
Size: 750ml
Alcohol: 14.5%
Body: Full 
Sweetness: Dry

Why we love this wine:

A rich blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and some Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Opulent and rich with incredible balance as you’d expect from Joseph Phelps' flagship wine.

Mouth-swelling flavours of blackberries, black currants, cassis, baking spices, and plum keep you coming back for more. This red finishes on a lush velvety note and deserves a flavourful braised pork chops and a very large glass for vigorous swirling.

Winemaker / tasting notes:

The 2014 Napa Valley growing season began with mild winter temperatures and dry conditions until February. Spring rains brought much needed moisture to the soil and filled our vineyard reservoirs. Bud break occurred three to four weeks earlier than 2013 with a long period between bud break and bloom. Frost was of no issue and the February and March rains provided for optimum vine growth. Consistent temperatures during the summer growing months with very few heat spikes created ideal ripening conditions for an early harvest. At the onset of harvest, the flavors, acidity and tannins were farther along in their development than the two previous years. Grapes achieved phenomenal fruit characteristics early and their maturation occurred at a steady, even pace. Consistency in the blocks and intense flavors at harvest were key characteristics to 2014.

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