2009 Insignia

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Vineyards for
2009 Insignia
Vineyard
Spring Valley Home Ranch
Appellation
St. Helena
Location

Off the Silverado Tr. S.E. of St. Helena on Taplin Rd.

Acreage & varietals

119 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Scheurebe.

Soil

On lower blocks: Bale clay loam; silty clay with good moisture retention; volcanic.

Exposure

Afternoon sun radiates hills.

Unique features

Hillside and valley floor terrain offer two distinct microclimates for growing a diverse selection of grapes.

History

In 1973, Joe Phelps bought a 600-acre cattle ranch and planted 160 acres of vines.

Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon, Insignia, Viognier, Eisrébe and Sauvignon Blanc.

Vineyard
Las Rocas
Appellation
Stags Leap District
Location

East side of Silverado Trail beneath the Stags Leap Palisades.

Acreage & varietals

40 acres Cabernet Sauvignon.

Soil

Bale soil series; slightly acidic, gravelly old riverbed soils; alluvial soils built up from mountains.

Exposure

Somewhat protected from afternoon sun.

Unique features

Stags Leap wines have a “regional” personality distinguished by intense berry and cassis flavors, a smooth “velvety” texture, and the ability to age gracefully.

History

Phelps purchased the property in 1983 and began redevelopment that same year.

Wines

Insignia and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Additional Details

Las Rocas is Spanish for "The Rocks"

Vineyard
Barboza
Appellation
Stags Leap District
Location

South of Yountville Crossroad on the west side of Silverado Trail.

Acreage & varietals

15 acres Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.5 acres Petit Verdot.

Soil

Bale soil series; alluvial; silty clay with good moisture retention; volcanic.

History

Vineyard operated by the Barboza family since 1974. Phelps signed a long-term lease to farm the property in 1997.

Wines

Insignia and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vineyard
Banca Dorada
Appellation
Rutherford
Location

West of Hwy. 29 off Manley Ln. in the southwestern corner of the Rutherford appellation.

Acreage & varietals

34 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Soil

Bale soil series. Alluvial silty clay with high moisture retention; deep fertility; slow runoff; slightly acidic.

Exposure

Its location on the west side of the valley is more protected from afternoon sun than the east side.

Unique features

Many years ago the term “Rutherford dust” was coined to describe the unique flavors derived from this terroir.

History

Phelps purchased the property in 1983 and began redevelopment that same year.

Wines

Insignia, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Additional Details

Banca Dorada is Spanish for " The Golden Bench"

Vineyard
Yountville
Appellation
Oak Knoll Area
Location

Midway between Yountville and Napa off Hwy. 29.

Acreage & varietals

24 acres Merlot, 24 acres Cabernet Sauvignon.

Soil

Cobble silt loam on an old alluvial fan with good moisture retention and slow runoff.

Unique features

Deep gravelly and fertile soils contribute to the balance of these wines.

History

This was Phelps’ first grape source in 1973, planted mainly to Johannisberg Riesling. The vineyard was purchased from the Stanton estate in 1979 and redeveloped in 1984 due to phylloxera. In 1993 and 2002 redevelopment occurred again to what is now the current vineyard composition.

Wines

Insignia and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vineyard
Suscol
Appellation
South Napa Valley
Location

East side of Napa-Vallejo Highway in southern Napa at the base of the Vaca Mountains.

Acreage & varietals

86 acres Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 acres Cabernet Franc, 2 acres Malbec.

Soil

On lower blocks: Haire soil series; acidic soils on old terraces and alluvial fans; moderately well-drained with slow permeability. Upper blocks: More rocks contributing to better drainage.

Unique features

Early morning summer fog is mitigated by cool afternoon breezes coming off San Pablo Bay. Conservation easements on the property preserve wetlands created by Arroyo Creek and maintain wildlife corridors.

History

The property was purchased in 1999 as part of a long-range plan to produce 100% estate-grown wines. Our first harvest from this vineyard in 2005 yielded such high quality Cabernet that several lots were blended into the Insignia.

Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon and Insignia.