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Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

EXPECTED JULY 2010 ---- [97-100 pts Robert Parker] The 2007 Insignia (a 13500-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) offers a seamless introduction to this flagship cuvee. Its inky/purple color is followed by aromas of creme de cassis incense crushed rocks lead pencil shavings cedar and spice box. It possesses a massive opulent mouthfeel serious tannins and no hard edges. This stunning effort should hit its peak in 5-8 years and last 40 years. I would not be surprised to see it become the greatest Insignia to date and close in on a perfect score. In case you think the aging curves I have described are unrealistically long I have the Joseph Phelps regular Cabernets from the mid-seventies as well as the Insignias in my cellar and those wines are still drinking beautifully at 30+ years of age. Today’s wines are better made.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards:
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best k... Read more
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best known for its flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking. Annual production at Phelps includes Insignia, Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Eisrébe, Syrah and Viognier. Read less

Member Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

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Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
822657194
4.00 5
06/22/2011

color, this wine has a nice ruby color, sexy. Nose, very complex, full of crushed black fruits, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, toasty oak, coffee beans, mocha, a hint of vanilla, black licorice, a hint of mineral aromas, and a hint of dark bitter chocolate. Midpalate, very voluptuous on the palate, dense, mouth filling, full bodied, mocha and coffee beans are vibrant, textured, dry, big and bold, a hint of sweet tobacco. Finish, this wine is well balanced, nice firm tannins, very elegant, silky, multi-layered, lingering in the mouth (50+ seconds and still feeling it), nice complexity, black fruits are still dancing on my palate. Overall, this wine is very well made, very seductive, round, classy, very new world. Bottled at 14.5%. Anticipated maturity 2016-2027. I am 94 points on this effort now. I can see it as a 95 point wine in 8+ years. Happy drinking!


Snooth User: mprice12
82084560
4.00 5
04/14/2011

I believe this wine needs time. Thought it was very well structured with a great nose. Got great flavors of cassis,lead,dark dark fruit and had a nice inky color. Will try again in 5 years!


Snooth User: topherlife
36849738
5.00 5
02/20/2011

My brother bought a bottle of this for me as a Christmas present last year. I know cellaring this bottle would have been the sensible thing to do, but after reading the rave reviews, temptation got the better of me. We had a feast of prime rib and roasted asparagus to pair with this epic wine. Big and bold, it was the most luscious wine I've had to date, even with tannins that need just a couple more years.


Snooth User: doulos67
958727116
4.50 5
11/24/2011

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Almost since its inception, Phelps Insignia ranked among the elite of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Although the fruit source has varied over the years, estate vineyards Banca Dorada in Rutherford and Las Rocas in Stags Leap have provided the majority of the grapes for this Bordeaux-inspired rd bland since the early rsquo;90s. The current offering, from the monumental 1997 vintage, equals the great Insignias of 1987 and 1994 in quality.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A big, black wine, Insignia is a generous rsquo;98 capturing the Napa sun in its sweet and juicy heft. The flavors of blueberries and game show off its ripeness, the muskiness lasting as long as the fruit. Itrsquo;s round on the palate, the flavors almost grandiose in their youthful exuberance. Once calmed by time in the bottle, the complexities already apparent will take on increasing prominence. An impressive rsquo;98, this continues to improve with air mdash; as it will with age.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Opens with aromas of black cherry and pencil lead, fruitcake and cookie dough; now itrsquo;s all one big melange wrapped a bit tight. the balance and immense depth of fruit shine, even in this unevolved state. Standard dark-plum and chocolate notes are rendered with uncommon subtlety here. the finish goes on and on. Needs four to six years, but will last and last.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Amazingly, the 1995 Insignia may be slightly better than the 1994. The final blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Petite Verdot. The 1995 exhibits a character similar to the 1994 mdash; cassis, fruitcake, cedar, herbs, coffee and black fruits intermixed with smoke mdash; but the 1995 is slightly longer in the mouth. It is a wine of extraordinary extraction, full body, and marvelously pure fruit. Moreover, it has managed to soak up the 100% new oak aging, leaving only subtle pain grilleacute; notes. The tannin may be slightly more noticeable in the 1994, but my instincts suggest the 1995 is even richer and longer than the 1994 mdash; as amazing as that sounds. This prodigious Insignia should be at its best over the next 20ndash;25 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Joseph Phelpsrsquo; flagship wine is their fabulous Insignia, a wine with a tremendous track record back to the debut vintage of 1974. A great Insignia in the making is the 1999. An impressive black/purple color is followed by aromas and flavors of melted licorice and creme de cassis, immense body, a voluptuous texture, and an opulent, multilayered palate. This is a fabulously concentrated, low acid yet super-endowed wine. It is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 1% each of Petit-Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. After its release in 2002, it should age effortlessly for 2ndash;3 decades.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The core of this offering tends to come from Rutherford grown fruit. the saturated dense purple-colored 1999 offers a tight but promising nose of incense, spice box, black fruits, and vanilla. Elegant, stylish, and medium to full-bodied, it is made in a more French-like finesse style than such blockbusters as 1997, 1996, 1995 and 1994. Give it 3ndash;4 years of cellaring and consume it over the following 15ndash;18.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Wonderful fruit complexity and concentration, with smoky tar, black currant, cherry, anise, earth and cedar. Finishes with a wall of tannins, but theyrsquo;re friendly.


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EXPECTED JULY 2010 ---- [97-100 pts Robert Parker] The 2007 Insignia (a 13500-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) offers a seamless introduction to this flagship cuvee. Its inky/purple color is followed by aromas of creme de cassis incense crushed rocks lead pencil shavings cedar and spice box. It possesses a massive opulent mouthfeel serious tannins and no hard edges. This stunning effort should hit its peak in 5-8 years and last 40 years. I would not be surprised to see it become the greatest Insignia to date and close in on a perfect score. In case you think the aging curves I have described are unrealistically long I have the Joseph Phelps regular Cabernets from the mid-seventies as well as the Insignias in my cellar and those wines are still drinking beautifully at 30+ years of age. Today’s wines are better made.

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