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Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia 1991

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1991 growing season was one of the most intense, and exciting, in recent memory, with torrential rains in March breaking a 5-year drought, an unusually cool summer delaying the harvest a full month, and Indian summer conditions producing a near-perfect grape crop. We believe the wine that has been fashioned from these grapes comprises one of the great wines of the vintage, and possibly the decade, and below are some comments from wine writers who appear to agree.

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

Editorial Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.00 5
01/26/2010

This smells like Bordeaux, balance and complex with intriguing notes of aromatic herbs, cigar wrapper, earth, small berries and plums. Smells a bit like Merlot. On the palate this is very nice with a richness to the ripe fruit balanced by ripe tannins and supported by well integrated acids. This doesn’t change much in the glass, and while it is a touch soft and monolithic it retains a lovely, aromatic nose and an elegance in the mouth that is appealing. 90pts


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Snooth User: jaye
28911379
5.00 5
08/08/2007

Decanted for 30 minutes before serving. This was absolutely lovely and continued to develop in the glass with strong cherry notes appearing 20 minutes into drinking. Drank this on a cruise to accompany a steakhouse dinner. Couldn't have had a better bottle wth this meal! Every sip had a long finish that continued evolving a good 30 seconds or more after the wine was tasted. A true masterpiece! [95]


Snooth User: jaye
28911379
4.50 5
03/02/2006

Decanted for 30 minutes before serving. This was absolutely lovely and continued to develop in the glass with strong cherry notes appearing 20 minutes into drinking. Drank this on a cruise to accompany a steakhouse dinner. Couldn't have had a better bottle wth this meal! Every sip had a long finish that continued evolving a good 30 seconds or more after the wine was tasted. A true masterpiece!


Snooth User: reanes
5621630
5.00 5
04/11/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/28/2010

The 1991 Insignia is a powerful, backward, full-bodied wine with considerable aging potential. A saturated black/purple color suggests high extraction of flavor as well as youthfulness. The restrained, spicy, herb, cassis, and vanilla-scented nose is... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1991 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine 750ml



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The 1991 growing season was one of the most intense, and exciting, in recent memory, with torrential rains in March breaking a 5-year drought, an unusually cool summer delaying the harvest a full month, and Indian summer conditions producing a near-perfect grape crop. We believe the wine that has been fashioned from these grapes comprises one of the great wines of the vintage, and possibly the decade, and below are some comments from wine writers who appear to agree.

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