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Joseph Phelps Insignia back to the beginning, almost
17 Oct 2013 by Jancis Robinson
It's high time I shared these observations on a vertical of one of the Napa Valley's most historic fine wines, taken in New York at a tasting presented by Bill, son of Joe Phelps. The estate, a former cattle ranch, was bought in 1973 and, according to Bill, his father felt at the time that he'd 'better get in there quick because there are already 30 wineries in the Napa Valley and there can't be room for many more'. Phelps had been in construction in Colorado and expanded to the west coast in the 1960s where he got seriously interested in wine. He and his contemporaries Don Chappellet (had that delicious Chappellet 1973 Cabernet...

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