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Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia 2003

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Just so spectacular. The best of the Insignia in my view. Read more

Very dry, tannic finish. A big wine, packed with concentrated red fruits. Still too tannic, the finish is harsh. Give it two years. Read more

A very balanced wine with long and smooth finish. However, not as powerful as many other California cult red. Read more

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Snooth User: bradyr
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5.00 5
06/05/2007

Just so spectacular. The best of the Insignia in my view.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
05/18/2007

Very dry, tannic finish. A big wine, packed with concentrated red fruits. Still too tannic, the finish is harsh. Give it two years.


Snooth User: lambwofur
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5.00 5
03/11/2008

A very balanced wine with long and smooth finish. However, not as powerful as many other California cult red.


External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

External Review
05/19/2011

Smooth, supple and complex, offering wonderful aromas and serving up a range of herb- and mineral-laced currant, black cherry, blackberry, sage and pebble notes. Ends with a clipped edge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2011 through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
05/19/2011

Bright ruby-red. Highly complex nose melds currant, black licorice, lead pencil, mocha, bitter chocolate and fresh herbs. Deep and sweet in the middle, with juicy acidity giving shape to the concentrated, silky flavors of cassis and dark chocolate. This, too, is downright Bordeaux-like. Finishes with broad, lush tannins and excellent length. This has fleshed out nicely since I tasted it from barrel a year ago but should still be kept for a minimum of five or six years.


External Review
05/19/2011

Tight and complex, with a deep, potent core of ripe currant, herb, sage and dusty berry fruit, shaded by light toasty, cedary oak. Deftly balanced, intense and concentrated, this is young and closed in now, yet you can taste the depth and richness. Tannic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2010 through 2020.


External Review
05/19/2011

Firm, intense and concentrated, massive yet well-proportioned, with a dense, focused core of graphite, dried currant, blackberry, black tea, forest floor and blueberry flavors. Full-blown, finishing with rich, layered tannins that beg for cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2025.


External Review
05/25/2011

Tasted in October 2007, the wine was mute, offering little aromatically except for teasing notes of blackberries and oak. That shyness extended to the taste, where strong, hard tannins provide an almost impenetrable coat of armor to what's inside. But right down the middle of the palate is a deep, intensely powerful stream of perfectly ripened cassis that's all the proof you need of ageability. This is a magnificently structured young wine, reminiscent of a fine young Pauillac. Best after 2012, and should have another decade after that, at least.


External Review
09/27/2011

Floral scents of berry fruit emerge from the supple texture of this blend, then the wine is burnished by oak, roasted black, with scents of vanilla melting into the softness of the fruit. The darkness lasts, and the wine should become more expressive with age.


External Review
05/19/2011

The 2000 Insignia (20,000 cases) is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. A strong effort for the vintage, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a powerful nose of licorice, espresso roast, and black currants, medium to full body, a lush mid-palate, and a sweet, concentrated finish with no hard edges. It is a forward, precocious Insignia to enjoy over the next ten years.


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