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September 19, 2019

New Release – Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016, 6×75, £960, 97-100 Pts

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We are delighted to release a Napa powerhouse, Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016. The 2016 vintage is truly exceptional in Napa, one of the highest scoring ever. This is reflected in the score for Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016, which has received a potentially perfect score from Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate. This has the potential to be their greatest ever. This is backed up by a stellar 98 points from James Suckling. It is priced today on release at £960 per case of six, which is superb for a Napa of this renown and immense quality. As can be seen from the table below, their pricing methodology is very consistent, making it a very good perennial wine. However, the potential of 100 points makes the 2016 truly exciting and a must own Napa icon in the making, indeed promising 40% upside for a perfect score.

Insignia WA JS Price

2016

97-100 98 £960
2015 98 97 £960
2014 97+ 97 £850
2013 98+ 95 £960
2012 96 97 £950
2010 95 93 £1,050
2007 100 95 £1,350

Insiginia is a remarkable wine, beautifully crafted and brilliantly priced for a Napa icon. With 97-100 points it promises to match the perfect scoring 2002, which trades at £1,850 per case of six, or the 1997 which trades at £2,150. The 2015 is brilliantly priced today at £960 per case of six. This makes it possibly the best priced Napa icon on the market especially, when we consider the price of the other 100-point or potentially 100-point scoring 2015 Napa icons.

Insignia is a true Bordeaux blend incorporating four of the five varietals, the 2015 Insignia is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Founded in 1974 by Joseph Phelps, Insignia has become one of the most revered Napa wines, winning Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year in 2005. The critical acclaim and accolades are beyond anything founder Phelps could have expected, or even desired for himself or his winery. Shy and introspective, Joesph Phelps moved from Colorado to Napa in the late 1960s to help construct the former Souverain winery. Falling under the spell of Napa’s beauty, he decided to switch careers, plant a vineyard and build his own winery. Phelps’ Estate was completed in 1974 in time for harvest. Released in 1978, the first vintage of Insignia was ground breaking for Napa Valley as up until then wines had generally been released as single varietals - Chardonnay or Merlot - or as California brands of dubious titles, such as ‘California Hearty Burgundy,’ rather than simply with a proprietary label such as ‘Insignia.’

Since 1974, Insignia has been produced in every vintage; in the early years Phelps purchased fruit from other independent growers but since 2004 100% of the fruit has come from his own Estate. Joesphs’ son, Bill, now runs the winery, with Ashley Hepworth – a talented young winemaker who earned her stripes at Angelus in St. Emilion before working at Joseph Phelps – continuing the legacy of producing world-class wines.

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