Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned and operated wine estate with vineyards and wineries in Napa Valley and on the western Sonoma Coast. The winery was founded in 1973 by Joseph Phelps, a successful construction executive and entrepreneur whose early interest in wine led him to establish vineyards on a 670-acre former cattle ranch in Napa Valley. Over the next 42 years Joe became one of the most respected figures in the California wine industry, building Joseph Phelps Vineyards into a critically-acclaimed winery internationally known for its iconic wines and unwavering commitment to quality. Joe's son, Bill Phelps, joined the family business in 1998 after a successful career in law, and as Executive Chairman now oversees Joseph Phelps Vineyards with a continued dedication to excellence. The winery's Board of Directors includes Joe's daughters, Leslie, Laurie and Lynn. In 2016, third generation family members Elizabeth Neuman, Director of Business Development, and Will Phelps, the winery's Director of Marketing, were appointed to the winery's executive management team, and Allie Phelps joined the winery's hospitality team. Today, the Phelps family is committed to maintaining and nurturing Joseph Phelps Vineyards as a family-owned and run winery and to extending the extraordinary legacy of its founder, Joe Phelps.

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Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Chardonnay 2017
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 “A white that grows slowly on the palate with dried apples and light pear and lime character. Medium body, bright acidity and a clean and vivid finish. Serious and linear. (May 2019)”-JS  Vinous 94 “The 2017 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards is a very pretty and also understated
Item Number: 33444
Case: $263.70

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia 2015
100  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 100 “A barrel sample blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec coming from six vineyards and reared in 100% new French oak, the 2015 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep inky-purple color and nose of crushed red and black currants,
Item Number: 30389
Case: $1,295.70

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Pinot Noir 2016
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 “Very attractive baking spices and gently toasty oak across ripe raspberries and strawberries with light savory baking spices and bergamot. The palate has a bright crunchy red cherry-berry core. Tannins are succulent and the freshness is alluring. Drink or hold.”-JS  Robert
Item Number: 30082
Case: $287.70

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
91  Wine Advocate 
JamesSuckling 93 “Lots of burnt orange with currant and dust undertones. Some rose petal, too. Full body, chewy and tannic with lots of tension and intensity. Needs two or three years to soften but already a very impressive wine for the vintage. Drink in 2020.”-JS  Wine Advocate 91 “Blended of
Item Number: 29385

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia 2014
97  James Suckling 
Vinous 97 "The 2014 Insignia is shaping up to be one of the surprises of the vintage. A rich, explosive Insignia, the 2014 exudes pedigree. A host of dark red cherry, plum and pomegranate notes make a strong first impression. Bright, vibrant aromatics add lift, while beams of salinity contribute to
Item Number: 26407
Case: $1,079.70

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Chardonnay 2016
94  James Suckling 
Wine Enthusiast 94 “Year after year, this wine from a spectacularly coolclimate site impresses and intrigues. A crisp greenapple note is followed by high-toned acidity etched in Meyer lemon and wild lime flavors. The fresh, fruity core is well balanced and melds with a grip of oak on the finish,

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Pinot Noir 2015
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Advocate 92 “Having seen 19% whole cluster, the 2015 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard has a medium ruby-purple color and nose of red cherries and black raspberries with hints of wild thyme, forest floor, lavender and moss. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and finely grained, with intense

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Layered and subtle with currant, light chocolate, almond and cedar character. Medium body, polished tannins and a flavorful finish, yet this always reserved and polished. Enjoy. Drink or hold."-JS  The Wine Advocate 92 "Phelps is now producing three cuvées of Cabernet

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Chardonnay 2014
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 "This viscous wine offers an underlay of toasty oak notes that round out its gravelly texture. Light-bodied and filigreed with acidity, its lemon, quince and fig flavors remain fresh and vibrant on the palate."-WE  Wine & Spirits 92  "Planted in 1999, the Joseph Phelps

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Pinot Noir 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 92 "More raspberries, floral notes, herbs and underbrush appear in the more complex, still not bottled 2014 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard. This is a delicious wine, where some whole clusters were used, giving the wine an earthy underbrush note, but the raspberry fruit is obvious and

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia 2013
100  Wine Advocate 
The Wine Advocate 100 "The flagship wine of the estate in reds is their Insignia, which has been one of the great Bordeaux blends made in California since the debut vintage in 1974. It usually has 30+ years aging potential, even in lighter vintages, of which the 2012, 2013 and 2014 are decidedly

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Chardonnay 2013
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 "This 100% varietal wine from the cooler outpost of Freestone is so deliciously crisp, bright in minerally lemon and fresh pear. It lingers on the palate in complex ways, elusive one moment, then exuberant the next - a celebration of ideal vintage and place.Editors' Choice"~WE 

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia 2012
97  James Suckling 
James Suckling 97 "Amazing aromas of blueberry, blackberry, mineral and bark. Complex nose. Full body plus super integrated tannins with superb balance and depth. Coffee and chocolate too. Very long and mind-bending. A tribute to the vintage. Drink or hold. A long life ahead of it. A blend of 75%

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Pinot Noir 2013
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91"The 2013 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard is soft, silky and nicely perfumed in the glass. Savory herbs, mint, anise and dark cherries add nuance in a precise yet understated Pinot that will drink well pretty much upon release. I tasted the 2013 from tank just before bottling."~AG

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia 2011
96  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 96 "Impeccable elegance characterizes this vintage of the producer’s marquee Bordeaux-style blend, an expert finessing of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Juicy in exotic black fruit, it stands tall, with silky, towering shoulders

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
91  Wine Advocate 
The Wine Advocate 91 ""The Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, is a strong effort from Joseph Phelps and possibly could turn out to be one of the best generic Napa bottlings they have made in many a year. There are 23,000 cases of this wine, which is a blend of 87% Cabernet

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia 2010
97  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 97 "This is, as always, a gorgeous wine, rich, balanced and delicious. It shows classic Napa Valley ripeness, with blackberry jam, plum, dark chocolate and sweet oak flavors. Plush and velvety doesn’t begin to do it justice. Despite its fabulous lushness, this is a wine to age.

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Chardonnay 2012
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 "Made from estate-grown fruit near the chilly Sonoma Coast town of Freestone, this is a fully layered wine, expertly balanced in acidity yet offering plenty of full-figured mouthfeel and viscous pleasure. It delivers an electric mix of Meyer lemon, minerals and brioche, and will

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Pinot Noir 2011
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 "The parts haven’t fully come together yet in this ageable wine. It has mouthwatering acidity and vastly complex flavors, ranging from ripe heirloom tomatoes, cola, pomegranates and cranberries, to ripe cherries and red currants. With flavors of oak and some hard tannins, it’s a

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91 "Aromas of terracotta, clay, red earth, cocoa and berry. Full body with round, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Very well done for 2011. Better in 2016."~JS  "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon has beautiful aromatics of plum, cherry, currants, coffee, cocoa and hints of allspice,

Joseph Phelps 'Freestone' Pinot Noir 2010
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Freestone Vineyard is more fruit-driven than the Pastorale. Immediate and juicy, the 2010 jumps from the glass with layers of radiant red fruit. I would prefer to drink the 2010 while the fruit remains front and center. This supple, resonant Pinot is

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is beautiful. Scents of pain grille, mocha, black currants, spices and plums emerge from this deep, resonant wine. The 2010 possesses stunning textural depth and richness, not to mention phenomenal overall balance. Readers who want to get a sense of the

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia 2009 1.5L
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93-96 "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia is a big, generous wine that covers the palate with waves of dark red fruit. Today it is beautifully expressive and opulent yet also well balanced. An explosive finish rounds things out in style. This looks to be a relatively approachable

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia 2009
96  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 96 "This wine continues a long-standing tradition, showing a mastery of the art of blending. It’s made using grapes that are sourced from at least six vineyards scattered from Yountville to St. Helena. Right out of the bottle, it’s a soft, smoothly tannic wine that’s rich in

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Expensive, yes, but it shows the drama and interest that a Joseph Phelps Cabernet predictably delivers. It’s rich and ripe in blackberry, cherry, currant and oak flavors, with wonderful tannins and a dry finish. Best now."~SH  Wine Advocate 91 "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is