Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia 2012
My 1st place wine/Groups 2nd place wine Sweet and earthy on the nose with a little VA adding lift to the leathery, cocoa and vanilla tinged slightly stewy black berry fruits. This is so smooth on the palate with a rich soft feel that is marred by the faintest touch of heat but the rich black raspberry fruit quickly overcomes this minor note. There remain nice spicy oak nuances and the acidity keeps this fresh and juicy in the mouth while the powdery tannins add a little mouthgrab to the rich, plush fruit. Very nice detail in the mouth and with good length this is absolutely at peak right now. 95ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia
My 1st place wine/Groups 2nd place wine Sweet and earthy on the nose with a little VA adding lift to the leathery, cocoa and vanilla tinged slightly stewy black berry fruits. This is so smooth on the palate with a rich soft feel that is marred by the faintest touch of heat but the rich black raspberry fruit quickly overcomes this minor note. There remain nice spicy oak nuances and the acidity keeps this fresh and juicy in the mouth while the powdery tannins add a little mouthgrab to the rich, plush fruit. Very nice detail in the mouth and with good length this is absolutely at peak right now. 95pts
This smells like Bordeaux, balance and complex with intriguing notes of aromatic herbs, cigar wrapper, earth, small berries and plums. Smells a bit like Merlot. On the palate this is very nice with a richness to the ripe fruit balanced by ripe tannins and supported by well integrated acids. This doesn’t change much in the glass, and while it is a touch soft and monolithic it retains a lovely, aromatic nose and an elegance in the mouth that is appealing. 90pts
Solid wine. Drank it over the course of 2 hrs with noticeable improvement. Do not plan to buy again with a $150 price tag. Maybe other vintages command this price but not the 2009.
what else needs to be said about this? It blows away Silver Oak and Caymus and gives Opus One a run for its money. just an amazing, decadent, oaked fruit bomb. Coats your mouth
color, this wine has a nice ruby color, sexy. Nose, very complex, full of crushed black fruits, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, toasty oak, coffee beans, mocha, a hint of vanilla, black licorice, a hint of mineral aromas, and a hint of dark bitter chocolate. Midpalate, very voluptuous on the palate, dense, mouth filling, full bodied, mocha and coffee beans are vibrant, textured, dry, big and bold, a hint of sweet tobacco. Finish, this wine is well balanced, nice firm tannins, very elegant, silky, multi-layered, lingering in the mouth (50+ seconds and still feeling it), nice complexity, black fruits are still dancing on my palate. Overall, this wine is very well made, very seductive, round, classy, very new world. Bottled at 14.5%. Anticipated maturity 2016-2027. I am 94 points on this effort now. I can see it as a 95 point wine in 8+ years. Happy drinking!
I believe this wine needs time. Thought it was very well structured with a great nose. Got great flavors of cassis,lead,dark dark fruit and had a nice inky color. Will try again in 5 years!
My brother bought a bottle of this for me as a Christmas present last year. I know cellaring this bottle would have been the sensible thing to do, but after reading the rave reviews, temptation got the better of me. We had a feast of prime rib and roasted asparagus to pair with this epic wine. Big and bold, it was the most luscious wine I've had to date, even with tannins that need just a couple more years.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia
Extravagantly rich, this seems to be perfumed by its tannins. Its heady, gravelly power and spicy black fruit is cut short in the finish, yielding to the wine’s alcohol. With several years in bottle, this will be ready to decant for a thick cut rib eye.
Fine red wine- Joseph Phelps Insignia 2009 Magnum - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 1500 ml
Fine red wine- Joseph Phelps Insignia 2009 - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml
Combines deep, ripe dark berry fruit with crushed rock, cedar and lead pencil notes, and the tannins have a green bitter edge. A step back in richness and complexity for Insignia, this is built for cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2024.
A gorgeous, totally voluptuous wine, the 2009 Insignia bursts from the glass with exuberant blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, cloves and cassis. In 2009, the Insignia is silky and polished, yet there is considerable underlying tannin that needs time to soften. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly to the huge, structured finish. I imagine the 2009 Insignia will enjoy a broad drinking window. It is striking today, but also clearly has the stuffing to age for many, many years. The 2009 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2017–2029.
Good deep ruby. Rich but youthfully stunted aromas of plum, currant, chocolate, licorice and mint. Then plush, fine-grained and sweet on the palate, with excellent fat and a loamy complexity to the flavors of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and graphite. This has evolved nicely since I tasted it a year ago from barrel. In a distinctly generous style but structured for a long life in bottle. Finishes with gripping, tongue-saturating tannins and terrific chocolatey length.
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia is a big, generous wine that covers the palate with waves of dark red fruit. Today it is beautifully expressive and opulent yet also well balanced. An explosive finish rounds things out in style. This looks to be a relatively approachable Insignia. Floral, spicy notes round out the finish. In 2009 the blend is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2029.
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