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    640
  • Producer ranking ?

    17
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    veal filet mignon sautéed spring vegetables

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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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Mid ruby and definitely paler and less blue than the Cabernet-dominated wines. Quite a different nose – warm and sweet. Hint of mint. Tastes like an old Chilean! Bit of paprika dust on the end. Round and then with little alcohol on the end. In the twilight of its life but satisfying. Just a little spindly and drying on the finish. Hint of smoked bacon.

  • 88p

Ruby. Blueberries, anise, some spices, blackberries, detailed, vanilla, layered and rich nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark berries, anise, some spices, blueberries, spices, long. 93

  • 93p

Moderately dark, ruby red colour. Intense, very jammy, minty, chocolate nose. Full-bodied, vivid, and round palate. Herbacious and minty flavours in round, lingering finish. JL 93p (8/2018)

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Napa, Napa Valley

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