PHELPS JOSEPH VINEYARDS
2012 PHELPS JOSEPH FOGDOG CHARDONNAY SONOMA COAST
"Succeeds in playing the Chardonnay card just where consumers want it. With some new oak, it’s packed with tangerine, apricot, green apple and peach flavors, made brisk by acidity, and finished with honeyed ripeness." Wine Enthusiast 90 points (2010 vintage)
|Wine maker notes
|This wine has a fragrant bouquet of honeysuckle, green apple and stone fruit with notes of wet stone and sweet vanilla. Lush and inviting with waves of green apple, pear and toasted nuts to compliment the firm acidity and natural minerality in this impeccably balanced Chardonnay.
|In the late 60s, Joseph Phelps was running one of the largest construction companies in the U.S. when he won the bid to build Souverain Winery (now Rutherford Hill) located a few miles outside of St. Helena. Enamored with the beautiful Napa Valley and contemplating a career change, in 1973 he bought the 600-acre Connolly cattle ranch in Spring Valley, and began planting vineyards. The winery was completed in 1974 and that same year the first Syrah was made, the first grapes were crushed at the new facility and the first Insignia was produced. It was a period of unparalleled activity, creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and risk-taking and it put Joe Phelps on the map of top Napa Valley wine producers.
Nearly four decades later, the flagship wine, Insignia, is recognized as one of the world’s great wines. Twenty nine of 34 vintages have been rated ninety or more points by various wine publications. The 2002 vintage was awarded “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator Magazine. Over the years, the goal of becoming 100% estate grown resulted in carefully planned acquisitions of prime vineyards in the Napa Valley. Today, the Phelps estate consists of the Spring Valley Home Ranch outside of St. Helena, Banca Dorada in Rutherford, Las Rocas and Barboza vineyards in Stags Leap, Yountville Vineyard in Oak Knoll, Suscol Vineyard in South Napa and Backus Vineyard in Oakville.