Produced from frozen, late harvest Scheurebe grapes, this unique dessert wine is characterized by a pronounced rose peach bouquet and luscious flavors of citrus and apricot balanced by clean fruit acidity.
Wine Enthusiast 94 points - Light and floral, this subtle dessert wine is made from Scheurebe grapes, more often found in Austria than California. It provides this wine with fresh apricot and honey on the palate, lingering yet low enough in alcohol and power to be enjoyed as either aperitif or digestif, its sweetness greatly restrained.
Eisrébe is a stunningly rich, viscous dessert wine which shows pronounced aromas and flavors of ripe peach, nectarine and apricot, offset by notes of citrus and honey. The texture is smooth and round, with a finely balanced acidity leading into a fresh, lasting finish.
|Wine maker notes
|Grapes for Eisrébe are all grown on the Spring Valley estate. Phelps' approach to this wine is to harvest at optimum maturity and then transfer to cold storage outside the winery for freezing. Frozen grapes return to the winery where they are pressed, increasing the sugar content of the juice by about half through the elimination of ice. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and is allowed to progress until the wine reaches eight to ten percent alcohol and residual sugar of 23 to 25 percent. The wine is then bottle in the early spring following harvest, without oak contact.
|In the late 60s, Joseph Phelps was running one of the largest construction companies in the U.S. when he won the bid to build Souverain Winery (now Rutherford Hill) located a few miles outside of St. Helena. Enamored with the beautiful Napa Valley and contemplating a career change, in 1973 he bought the 600-acre Connolly cattle ranch in Spring Valley, and began planting vineyards. The winery was completed in 1974 and that same year the first Syrah was made, the first grapes were crushed at the new facility and the first Insignia was produced. It was a period of unparalleled activity, creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and risk-taking and it put Joe Phelps on the map of top Napa Valley wine producers.
Nearly four decades later, the flagship wine, Insignia, is recognized as one of the world’s great wines. Twenty nine of 34 vintages have been rated ninety or more points by various wine publications. The 2002 vintage was awarded “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator Magazine. Over the years, the goal of becoming 100% estate grown resulted in carefully planned acquisitions of prime vineyards in the Napa Valley. Today, the Phelps estate consists of the Spring Valley Home Ranch outside of St. Helena, Banca Dorada in Rutherford, Las Rocas and Barboza vineyards in Stags Leap, Yountville Vineyard in Oak Knoll, Suscol Vineyard in South Napa and Backus Vineyard in Oakville.