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August 24, 2016

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Celebrates the 40th Vintage of Insignia

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is pleased to announce the release of its 40th vintage of Insignia on September 1, 2016. To mark this important milestone, Phelps created a special 40th vintage logo that pays homage to the original 1970’s Insignia label design for inclusion on the 2013 Insignia label and a commemorative six-bottle wood box.

“We at Joseph Phelps Vineyards are proud to announce the release of the 40th vintage of Insignia, our flagship wine,” said Bill Phelps, President of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. “As California’s first proprietary red wine blend, Insignia has been crafted annually since 1974 from the finest grapes grown in each vintage. Today, the legacy continues and Insignia remains a true testament to that commitment that began forty years ago and will continue for years to come.”

“The 2013 vintage is a special year for Insignia, not only because it is the wine’s 40th release, but also due to the extraordinary 2013 harvest that gave us fruit of exceptional purity and concentration,” adds Phelps. “I have no doubt that this vintage will stand with the finest we have yet produced.”

Originally created from the 1974 vintage, Insignia is the first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend produced in California. Each vintage is comprised of the best grapes from Joseph Phelps Vineyards, first from both grower and estate fruit, and beginning with the 2004 vintage, from entirely estate-grown fruit sources. Insignia is a Cabernet Sauvignon based wine crafted from six of the Joseph Phelps estate vineyards in Napa Valley.

“The 2013 Insignia is one of the wines I am most proud of,” said Ashley Hepworth, Winemaker at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. “It’s showing exceptionally well for being so young.” Hepworth went on to say that 2013 had textbook weather throughout the growing season and harvest, resulting in concentrated wines with remarkable structure."

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