This limited-edition bottling displays a distinct richness and spice, thanks to whole cluster fermentation and oak-top fermenters. Opening aromas of bold, dark fruit with savory, peppery notes leads into flavors of cranberry compote and layers of red fruit, vanilla and herbs de Provence. A lively line of acidity pulls through to the lingering, mineral finish.
Joseph Phelps has long been one of Napa Valley’s stalwarts. For more than 30 years, they have been a pacesetter for critically acclaimed wines. As Robert Parker wrote of their flagship red, 'The Insignia cuvée has been one of Napa’s great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines since its inception in 1974' and Wine Spectator observed that Phelps is 'one of Napa Valley's benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon producers.' Their focus is on world-class standards, top growers and meticulous cellar triage with Insignia seeing only the best components each year. Phelps has a web of vineyards that would make any winemaker excited to go to work. The winery has been working exclusively with estate-owned fruit sources since 2004, and their specific sites are exceptional. They know every nuance of the land and can conjure magic and bottle thunder. And as evidenced by the press for the 2008 Insignia, Phelps’ continued march towards exclusively estate-owned vineyards is paying handsome rewards.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Quarter Moon Vineyard is a little reticent to begin, displaying subtle notes of pomegranate, Bing cherries and mulberries with wafts of potpourri, dried Provence herbs, cassia, allspice and dusty soil. Medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and a lively line of acid framing the intense red berry and spicy layers, it finishes on a lingering mineral note.