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With complex aromas of black cherry, plum, chocolate, currant and toasty oak, the wine displays layers of flavor and ...Read more...
[LBK: steak, portos, tomatoes] Initially felt tight and extracted. The nose was great with ripe, lush fruit, smoke and some mint; smelled like Napa... Read more
[burgers] last taste in Oct was great but more closed down then 2 previous encounters will hold the remaining for >1 year, but if only 1 would hold... Read more
This bottle was one of a collection my father left me when he died. I opened it this summer for my 50th birthday and it was as special as I knew it... Read more
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[LBK: steak, portos, tomatoes] Initially felt tight and extracted. The nose was great with ripe, lush fruit, smoke and some mint; smelled like Napa; on the palate, menthol, smoke, and tannins. Over 3 hours, settled down with cassis, smoke, mint, minerals, and big tannins. By the 5 hour mark, the tannins and menthol qualities felt more in balance. Overall though it lacks balance, it may be better than the ’97. Look forward to sampling over the next 5-7 years.
[burgers] last taste in Oct was great but more closed down then 2 previous encounters will hold the remaining for >1 year, but if only 1 would hold til 2009
This bottle was one of a collection my father left me when he died. I opened it this summer for my 50th birthday and it was as special as I knew it would be. My first response, out loud, to my husband, was "Oh, it smells like really expensive men's shoes". Not an elegant description but the leather notes are wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed every drop of this wine.
This was a special occasion wine for us - my husband's 40th birthday. It was worth it. For as long as I've been drinking and love wine, I still struggle with identifying the popular descriptive words you often read in wine reviews. I can't taste lemongrass and truffles in wine! But with this one, I clearly remember thinking, "Ah! leather and tobacco. I get it!"
External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia
The 2007 Insignia (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) looks to be one of the greatest wines yet produced at this historic winery. Beautiful aromas of creme de cassis and flowers jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored effort. Sweet oak is present, but it is pushed to the background by the winersquo;s extravagant wealth of fruit and full-bodied power. This is finesse and flavor authority put into a classic Napa Valley Cabernet with a seamless integration of all its component parts. Already complex and approachable, it should evolve for three decades or more, but who can resist it now? It is a staggering, complex expression of Napa viticulture. Anticipated maturity: nowndash;2030. Another great success for Phelps, the 2007 and 2008 Insignias may be the best back-to-back vintages they have produced since 1995 and 1994. The 2008 has some tannins to resolve whereas the 2007 has already assimilated them.
Bright ruby. Claret-like nose offers cassis, minerals, bitter chocolate and strong soil tones. Densely packed and quite tight today, in a classically dry style. But therersquo;s also superb sex appeal and excellent energy to the flavors of plum, currant, licorice, bitter chocolate and spices. Most impressive today on the long, chocolatey aftertaste.
You have to count this as another great Insignia, dry and complex and ageworthy, although the tannins are fierce now, and it may lack just a bit of the glamor of, say, the 2004 or 2001. Itrsquo;s certainly a big wine that floods the mouth with blackberry, black currant, cassis and new oak flavors. The tannins and acids make it aloof, resistant, tough. It wants time in the cellar. Best after 2013. Production was a hefty 13,500 cases.
The 2007 Insignia (a 13,500-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot) offers a seamless introduction to this flagship cuvee. Its inky/purple color is followed by aromas of creme de cassis, incense, crushed rocks, lead pencil shavings, cedar, and spice box. It possesses a massive, opulent mouthfeel, serious tannins, and no hard edges. This stunning effort should hit its peak in 5ndash;8 years, and last 40 years. I would not be surprised to see it become the greatest Insignia to date and close in on a perfect score.
Good bright medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose of cassis, crushed blackberry, violet, cola, cedar, mint chocolate and shoe polish, with enticing spicy high tones. Sweet and lush but penetrating, with lovely vinosity giving shape to the black fruit and mineral flavors. Surprisingly expressive in the middle palate but finishes with youthfully tough molar-coating tannins that will require at least four or five years of bottle aging.
This vintage of Insignia is primarily cabernet sauvignon (92 percent), blended with small amounts of petit verdot and merlot, sourced from Phelprsquo;s estate vineyards in Rutherford, Stags Leap District, south Napa and St. Helena. For now, itrsquo;s a sleek wine, with black currant flavors equal to a substantial presence of oak. The tannins are superripe and luxurious; they gain detail with air, becoming more mineral while allowing a fresh scent of roses to come forward. Accessible now for its richness, this will yield more complex pleasures with ten years of age.
Phelpsrsquo;s top red wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (88 percent), merlot and petit verdot, all grown at estate vineyards. Most of the fruit comes from the southern districts of Napa Valley, Suscol, a relatively cool site in South Napa, along with Stags Leap and Oak Knoll. That cool tone comes across in red currant flavors, in the quiet presence of a substantial wine. Itrsquo;s sleek with dark tannin that feels youthful and austere, hinting at a Christmas spice that predicts what holiday celebrations might be in store ten years down the line.
With complex aromas of black cherry, plum, chocolate, currant and toasty oak, the wine displays layers of flavor and richness that disguise its power and longevity. Beautifully crafted and balanced, Insignia reflects a new level of quality from both the vineyards and the growing regions.
Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
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