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Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Nice balance, with spice, herb, currant and cedary lead pencil flavors. Turns elegant and polished, firming up on the finish, where the tannins flex their strength.

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

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02/11/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2009

...Once again showing the extraordinary combination of polish, fruity depth and wonderfully rich oak that is particular to the very best of the Insignia lineup, this concentrated, intensely aromatic wine comes up long on character and style. Its evid... Connoisseur's Guide. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2002 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine 1500ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/26/2009

A rich, polished, seductive style with layers of complexity built around a dense, concentrated mix of currant, blackberry, plum and exotic mocha- and cedar-scented oak. This mouthcoating young wine is powerful yet elegant and deftly balanced, finishi... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2002 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine 750ml


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10/20/2011

A beautifully made Bordeaux blend that can age for 20-30 years, 10,000-20,000 cases of Insignia are produced each year. The 2002 Insignia, the finest effort made in this century, is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. Its dense purple color is accompanied by a fragrant perfume of espresso roast, Asian spices, creme de cassis, smoke, and minerals. Dense, voluptuous, full-bodied, rich, long, and harmonious, it can be enjoyed now or cellared for 2-3 decades. It is also the #1 Wine of the Year for 2005 in The Wine Spectator.



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Nice balance, with spice, herb, currant and cedary lead pencil flavors. Turns elegant and polished, firming up on the finish, where the tannins flex their strength.

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