Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia 1991

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Buffalo, NY (280 mi)
USD 1599.00
3000ml
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This smells like Bordeaux, balance and complex with intriguing notes of aromatic herbs, cigar wrapper, earth, small berries and plums. Smells a bit... Read more

Decanted for 30 minutes before serving. This was absolutely lovely and continued to develop in the glass with strong cherry notes appearing 20 minu... Read more

Decanted for 30 minutes before serving. This was absolutely lovely and continued to develop in the glass with strong cherry notes appearing 20 minu... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065198,322
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
28911375
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
28911375
4.50 5
03/03/2006

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!


External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/29/2010

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


Ratings & Tags for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

56216 Snooth User: reanes
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5.00 5
04/11/2008

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.

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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