Very nice wine ... elegant but I guess expecting it to be spectacular
Plum & Blueberry on nose and flavor profile. Very enjoyable. Will continue to improve for another 5 years. Well made wine with perfectly integrated tannins. Would decant for 1 hour if you have the time. Enjoyable!
Very nice wine.beautiful and explosive aromas.strong black berry fruit,vanilla on the nose.insignia is always one of my favorite wine .the price is effort able .even this is not the best year for insignia but I still like it very much.enjoy the amazing full body insignia!!
Phelps Insignia has a come of age. The 2000 is a very refined california wine.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia
Very French, as in Bordeaux; as in winemaking informed by years of experience; as in a wine that will develop and mature over time. For Phelps, thatrsquo;s very Napa. The rsquo;95 Insignia is a tannic and four-square wine in the best sense. It just needs time to show what it is all about. Its complex flavor profile of anise, plum, and light mint rides over a compact varietal base that doesnrsquo;t call attention to itself. Cellar a few bottles for two to four years, then serve it with roast beef or lamb. But be sure to cellar a few more bottles to the ten-year mark. Patience is required and rewarded with Insignia.
The flagship wine, the 2001 Insignia Proprietary Wine, an 18,000-case blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec, continues to live up to my high praise from last year. Rich, elegant, and nuanced, this dense ruby/purple wine offers a nose of creme de cassis, incense, licorice, chocolate, and spice box. It is full-bodied, opulently styled with plenty of tannin, but the structural aspects of the wine are well-concealed by its intensity and overall richness. Anticipated maturity: 2006ndash;2020.
The 1995 Insignia (a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot) is equally profound, performing even better this year than it did last. Less evolved than the 1994, the 1995 is extremely full-bodied, huge, and massive, with layers of sweet fruit. Any evidence of the winersquo;s aging in 100% new oak has been buried beneath layers of extract, ripe black currant fruit, and spice. It possesses a siky, Asian spice-scented personality.
The 1996 Insignia (a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot) is a top-flight effort. With a saturated ruby/purple color, and a monolithic, structured personality, it possesses aromas and flavors of asian spices, coffee, fruitcake, cadar, and creme de cassis. The winersquo;s structure, tannin and weightier feel suggest a brawnier, more muscular wine. a terrific, highly-extracted effort, the 1996 should be at its finest between 2000ndash;2020.
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.
This is a great vintage of Insignia, which means itrsquo;s a great Napa cabernet that will last for decades. The balance is amazing, incorporating beautiful red fruit deepening to black cherry and darker berry, a lot of alcohol and a lot of oak holding it structured and strong. The texture is flawless, with tannins adding richness and earthy notes of black Stags Leap District soil. Those tannins seamlessly support the sweet blend of cabernet with a touch of petite verdot (8 percent) and malbec (3) extending the clean berry flavors long after each sip. Dynamic now, complex in ten yearsrsquo; time.
The 2001 Insignia (an 18,000 case blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot) is an inky/purple-colored effort representing a return to the superb quality of such vintages as 1997. Aged in 100% new French oak, this blockbuster reveals gorgeous aromas of melted licorice, creme de cassis, liquid minerals, and hints of chocolate and spice box. The finish is long, full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuous. Considerable tannin is largely concealed by the lavish richness, extract, and glycerin. Anticipated maturity: 2005ndash;2020+.