A full-bodied, balanced Sauvignon Blanc, this wine shows fresh, fruity, slightly grassy aromas and multi-layered flavors of melon, fig and tropical fruit offset by a touch of oak, ending a clean, citrusy finish.
Wine Advocate 88 points - As for the Napa Valley bottlings, the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon from their estate vineyards in St. Helena that spends seven months in a combination of new and used French oak. It offers aromas of subtle pineapple intermixed with fresh melons and gun flint in a tasty, elegant, medium-bodied style that showcases the exuberant fruit and lusciousness of this vintage. Consume it over the next 2-3 years. (Oct 2013)
PHELPS JOSEPH VINEYARDS 2012 PHELPS JOSEPH SAUVIGNON BLANC
"The succulent peach, nectarine and apricot flavors have an appealing fleshy texture and juiciness, highlighted by tropical and floral notes, with a squirt of lemon juice. Drink now." Wine Spectator 91 points (2011 vintage)
|Wine maker notes
|The grapes are harvested and pressed, with a minimum of 50 percent of the must fermented in new or older French oak barrels followed by three to five months lees contact. The remaining juice is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Between 20 and 30 percent of the wine is aged for approximately five months in oak barrels before being blended, lightly filtered and bottled.
|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.