Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia 2006

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The opaque, inky color of the 2006 Insignia is followed by concentrated aromatics of lush black fruit, graphite, coffee, dark cocoa powder, licorice, and cola syrup. The dense flavors and balanced tannins integrate beautifully for a long, layered finish.

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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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3.00 5
08/11/2009

Deep, rich cabernet. Good tannin and balance but something is missing for me.


Snooth User: deconut
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4.50 5
09/12/2010

Excellent - smooth and well balanced


Snooth User: Stallion
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4.00 5
04/20/2013

Wonderful wine that displays depth and power. The ink purple hue is.beautiful. The boque is very balanced...No big huge fruit up front on the nose. Just a balance of berry, and dark fruit. Wonderful front and mid patale....But it's the end palate that makes for this wine being special. The tannins are so balanced, and the finish goes on....and on.....and on. You can still taste the wine minutes later after the your last sip. This was my first Insignia...and it was well worth it.


Snooth User: btp2010
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3.50 5
10/30/2010

Didn't have the body of the 2005, but excellent just the same. Perfect with steak, delicious by itself. Seems to be aging nicely so looking forwared to opening another one next year.


Snooth User: Buehler
20194010
4.50 5
11/23/2009

Delicious classic napa cab. Not overly complex, but sometimes , who cares


Snooth User: JeTuck
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5.00 5
02/10/2010

Easy drinking in a great way.


Snooth User: Slunetta
97903310
5.00 5
07/22/2013

Five glasses


External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

External Review
11/27/2012

Deeply colored, concentrated and layered, with floral, anise, black cherry and graphite aromas, this wine is classically structured with excellent acidity, well-balanced tannins and a mouth-staining, persistent finish.


External Review
10/24/2011

Since 2004, 100% of the Bordeaux varietals used in the Insignia proprietary blend have been from estate vineyards. There are just under 15,000 cases of the 2006 Insignia, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Made in a dense, full-bodied, muscular style, it is less charming than the 2005, with high tannin, extract, and richness. The blackberry and cassis characteristics are accompanied by notions of damp earth, subtle oak, licorice, and forest floor. It, too will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades or more. - Robert Parker 94-96 Points Teasing with its floral, spicy cherry, wild berry and currant aromas, this is full-bodied, firm and structured, tight and focused, offering glimpses of what lies ahead with its complex mix of flavors and tightly wound tannins. Yet its finesse and refinement are apparent on the finish. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2011 through 2018. 16,900 cases made. -JL ...


External Review
02/09/2011

The 2006 Insignia (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot; 16,000 cases produced) is a superb effort in this vintage. Another 30+ year wine, it boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice, black currants, charcoal, black olives, and graphite. Full-bodied, pure, and rich with moderately high tannins, it represents a California version of a Bordeaux from Pauillac or St.-Julien. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2045.


External Review
03/16/2010

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 and all other wine from Joseph Phelps Vineyards are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
03/08/2010

Layers of ripe cassis and blackberry fruit on this wine's nose and palate are underscored by impressions of spice, clove and anise, with a lush, plummy fruit generosity supported by firm, well structured tannins.


External Review
05/04/2010

Since 2004, 100% of the Bordeaux varietals used in the Insignia proprietary blend have been from estate vineyards. There are just under 15,000 cases of the 2006 Insignia, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Made in a dense, full-bodied, muscular style, it is less charming than the 2005, with high tannin, extract, and richness. The blackberry and cassis characteristics are accompanied by notions of damp earth, subtle oak, licorice, and forest floor. It, too will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades or more


External Review
11/25/2009

RP: 94-96 Points WS: 94 Points ST: 91 Points


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The opaque, inky color of the 2006 Insignia is followed by concentrated aromatics of lush black fruit, graphite, coffee, dark cocoa powder, licorice, and cola syrup. The dense flavors and balanced tannins integrate beautifully for a long, layered finish.

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