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Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

"Joseph Phelps’ flagship wines include the incredibly ageworthy Insignia. The 2012 Insignia Proprietary Red is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, all aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. The vintage was of such high quality and quantity that 17,500 cases were produced. A magnificent Insignia that will be bottled in several months, it boasts an opaque purple color as well as fabulous notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrant liqueur, camphor, barbecue smoke and spice box. Rich, full-bodied and opulent with plenty of tannin and structure lurking beneath the extravagant generosity of fruit, this stunning 2012 should drink well for 25-30+ years...96-100" WA 10/14 "The 2012 Insignia is one of the most intense, powerful wines of year. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, mocha, French oak, spices and leather burst from the glass in an explosive red built on texture and structure. Readers will find very little of the early appeal of 2012 here...94-96" AG 12/14

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

Editorial Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.50 5
Vintage: 1994 03/04/2009

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.00 5
Vintage: 1991 01/26/2010

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


Member Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

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Snooth User: ppelkaru
118506580
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/03/2013

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.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/08/2012

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


Snooth User: RicardosCorner
93763221
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/19/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
822657194
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/22/2011

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!


Snooth User: mprice12
82084560
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 04/14/2011

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!


Snooth User: topherlife
36849738
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/20/2011

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.


Snooth User: doulos67
958727114
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 11/24/2011

Four and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 03/26/2013

This wine continues a long-standing tradition, showing a mastery of the art of blending. It’s made using grapes that are sourced from at least six vineyards scattered from Yountville to St. Helena. Right out of the bottle, it’s a soft, smoothly tannic wine that’s rich in blackberry jam, black currant, blueberry, raspberry, dark chocolate and spice flavors. The wine, which contains small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec, is so powerful, it easily carries the 100% new French oak. Just gorgeous now, and it should develop bottle complexity for at least the next 10 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/26/2013

Fine red wine- Joseph Phelps Insignia 2009 - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 750 ml


External Review
Vintage: 2009 08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - Joseph Phelps Insignia 2009 Magnum - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon - 1500 ml


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 03/26/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 03/26/2013

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 07/06/2014

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 03/26/2013

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.


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"Joseph Phelps’ flagship wines include the incredibly ageworthy Insignia. The 2012 Insignia Proprietary Red is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, all aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. The vintage was of such high quality and quantity that 17,500 cases were produced. A magnificent Insignia that will be bottled in several months, it boasts an opaque purple color as well as fabulous notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrant liqueur, camphor, barbecue smoke and spice box. Rich, full-bodied and opulent with plenty of tannin and structure lurking beneath the extravagant generosity of fruit, this stunning 2012 should drink well for 25-30+ years...96-100" WA 10/14 "The 2012 Insignia is one of the most intense, powerful wines of year. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, mocha, French oak, spices and leather burst from the glass in an explosive red built on texture and structure. Readers will find very little of the early appeal of 2012 here...94-96" AG 12/14

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