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Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia 2000

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"77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec "

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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

Member Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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4.00 5
03/03/2008

Very nice wine ... elegant but I guess expecting it to be spectacular


Snooth User: amcwilliams3
3246252
4.50 5
02/05/2008

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!


Snooth User: pearlullaby
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4.00 5
05/03/2011

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!!


Snooth User: Big Reds
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3.50 5
02/10/2008

Phelps Insignia has a come of age. The 2000 is a very refined california wine.


Snooth User: moricherson
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4.50 5
06/04/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

External Review
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

The 1994 Insignia (a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc ) is a killer wine. It, too, will evolve for 20ndash;25 years, but who can ignore its lavish richness, velvety-textured, well-balanced personality, with gobs of sweet toast, black-cherry, and cassis fruit, spice, mineral, and enormous concentration. Now in the bottle, this wine has turned out to be primarily a Cabernet Sauvignon as the percentage of Merlot was reduced in the final blend. It is potentially the best Insignia since the 1976.


External Review
01/03/2012

Perhaps an even greater achievement, the 1998 Insignia (78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot) is a fabulous wine from what was a far more challenging vintage. More evolved than the 1997, with a saturated ruby/purple color, it possesses a sumptuous bouquet of smoke, cedar, licorice, and cassis. This full-bodied, fat, succulent effort reveals admirable purity and symmetry, and a soft finish with remarkably deep flavors that caress the palate. It can be drunk now as well as over the next 15ndash;16 years.


External Review
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

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+.


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