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  • Country ranking ?

    535
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    -
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

First produced 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: Spring Valley Home Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena, Banca Dorada Vineyard on the Rutherford Bench, Las Rocas and Barboza Vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Yountville Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District and Suscol Vineyard in South Napa Valley.

Forty years after the inaugural vintage, Insignia is recognized as one of the world’s great wines. The 2002 vintage was awarded “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator magazine in 2005 and in November 2013, high esteem by critic Robert Parker that in 2014, to mark the winery’s 40th anniversary, he visited the estate for an historic tasting of each Insignia vintage from 1974-2012, awarding the 1991, 1997, and 2002 vintages each a perfect 100 points points – proving that the best California Cabernets can stand the test of time. On his website, Parker reported on the tasting, noting that the event was, ‘one of the most historical vertical tastings I have ever done… I had the privilege of tasting every vintage from 1974 to 2012.’

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13 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Purple and Bright

ending

Long, Spicy and Vibrant

nose

Youthful, Complex and Fresh

taste

High in Acidity, High alcohol content, High tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Developing, Vigor, Fragrant and Powerful

Verdict

Well-rounded and Well made

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle and has by the neck level. Colour is purple, and looking bright and deep. On the nose it is youthful, fresh and complex. The taste is fragrant, powerful, vigor, high alcohol content, with high tannin ., and high in acidity, with balanced, concentrated structure and developing. The finish is long, spicy and vibrant. This wine is wonderful, fine and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least over 4h before tasting.
  • 89p

Deep, ruby red colour. Open, broad, spicy nose with floral and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, intense, chunky tannins, refined texutre, smooth, ripe black fruit, dark chocolate. Big chewy. Long. 2030-2035.

  • 92p

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Origin

Napa, Napa Valley

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