Joseph Phelps Wines Napa Valley
Now a fairly large operation, originally founded in 1972, Phelps has built a reputation based on top-quality Bordeaux-style red varietals and blends. The full range encompasses those other usual suspects Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, a small volume of an excellent late-harvest Eisrébe Scheurebe white, Pinot Noir in various guises as well as Syrah and Viognier. The regular Napa Valley Cabernet, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc are good and immediately approachable. Various single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are more serious. The top label Cabernet Sauvignon from the Backus Vineyard and the magnificent Insignia are of a different order. The former is produced from 100% Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon and is a massive, structured wine with very ripe, black fruit and supple tannin. The Insignia is a meritage blend of all five Bordeaux red varieties. Equally powerful and dense, this is more sumptuous and exotic than the Backus Cabernet but equally ageworthy. A new winery has also been established producing the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast the Fog Dog label offering good value. (DM)
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