Joseph Phelps is classified as a California Cult wine, signifying its exceptional quality and high demand. Other notable producers in this class include Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate.
- Vintages with 100 point scores: 2002, 2007, and 2015 Joseph Phelps Insignia
- Most Popular: Insignia, known for its nuanced balance and depth
- Highest Achievement: Acquiring vineyards in multiple AVAs, including Stags Leap, Rutherford, and Oakville, thereby creating diverse and sought-after wines
Provenance & Masters Behind the Bottle
Founded in 1973 by Joseph Phelps, a construction magnate with a passion for wine, the winery was one of the first to blend traditional Bordeaux varieties in California. Today, it is helmed by his son, Bill Phelps, and their winemaker Ashley Hepworth, who was awarded 'Winemaker of the Year' by the San Francisco Chronicle. Their expertise is evident in every bottle.
Vineyard & Craftsmanship
The winery spans over 390 acres across Napa Valley, with plots in highly acclaimed AVAs. They use sustainable farming techniques and manually harvest grapes to maintain quality. A mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot grapes contributes to the distinct personality of their wines. Due to limited production, their wines often sell out upon release, reinforcing their exclusivity.
Aging & Investment Value
Joseph Phelps wines are crafted for longevity, often requiring several years in the cellar to reach their peak expression. Given their high scores and exclusivity, these wines offer excellent investment opportunities, frequently appreciating in value over time.