Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

$192

Limited opportunity for Joseph Phelp's legendary Insignia Cabernet.  100 Points Robert Parker:  "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."Joseph Phelps’ flagship wine, which they have been making for 36 years, is the Insignia, which boasts a remarkable track record. Phelps, always a visionary, was the first to recognize that a blend of grapes could be better than a single varietal cuvee. Phelps produces a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Backus Vineyard situated on the eastern slopes of the Oakville Corridor overlooking Screaming Eagle and Rudd Estate.

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

The nose is a little shy. It reveals; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, plum, touch of rhubarb & blueberries and strawberries. Vanilla, light cinnamon, clove and soft, dark spice, just slight whiff of green pepper, dark turned earth, limestone and red and dark flowers. The 2012 vintage generally drank well right away. Now that this 12 has four years in the bottle, it’s very approachable. This said from someone who loves old(er) red wines. The tannins are round grainy. The body lighter than other Insignia’s. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, cherries, dry cranberries, plum, touch of rhubarb & blueberries and strawberries. Vanilla, light cinnamon, clove and soft, dark spice, suede leather, fresh tobacco leaf, steeped tea, dark turned earth limestone, crushed dry rocks with red and dark flowers. The acidity is fresh and lively. The finish is good yet leaner than previous vintages at this stage. It’s fresh and lively. Balanced but, the fruit is bright and really shines. It still a ways to go to get to where I would open one of my bottles. But, somewhat tempting now to open a bottle. Photos of, JPV Estate vines, visitor center Insignia artwork, shot from a previous member party, and wine in barrel that ferments inside their visitor center.

The nose is a little shy. It reveals; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, plum, touch of rhubarb & blueberries and strawberries. Vanilla, light cinnamon, clove and soft, dark spice, just slight whiff of green pepper, dark turned earth, limestone and red and dark flowers. The 2012 vintage generally drank well right away. Now that this 12 has four years in the bottle, it’s very approachable. This said from someone who loves old(er) red wines. The tannins are round grainy. The body lighter than other Insignia’s. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, cherries, dry cranberries, plum, touch of rhubarb & blueberries and strawberries. Vanilla, light cinnamon, clove and soft, dark spice, suede leather, fresh tobacco leaf, steeped tea, dark turned earth limestone, crushed dry rocks with red and dark flowers. The acidity is fresh and lively. The finish is good yet leaner than previous vintages at this stage. It’s fresh and lively. Balanced but, the fruit is bright and really shines. It still a ways to go to get to where I would open one of my bottles. But, somewhat tempting now to open a bottle. Photos of, JPV Estate vines, visitor center Insignia artwork, shot from a previous member party, and wine in barrel that ferments inside their visitor center.

9.4

Shay A Delectable Pro

One of the highlights of the day was meeting @David T and his wife for a tasting at Joseph Phelps. I’d never had the privilege of trying Insignia, and we were given the ‘12 and ‘14 to taste today. This vintage of Insignia had a splash of merlot, compared to the ‘14, which had zero. Gorgeous texture. Very smooth and elegant. Black cherry, cigar box, peppercorn, BlackBerry tart. Every note on the wine seemed put together...nothing was out of place. Gorgeous property and gorgeous wines! FYI, their viognier is awesome!

One of the highlights of the day was meeting @David T and his wife for a tasting at Joseph Phelps. I’d never had the privilege of trying Insignia, and we were given the ‘12 and ‘14 to taste today. This vintage of Insignia had a splash of merlot, compared to the ‘14, which had zero. Gorgeous texture. Very smooth and elegant. Black cherry, cigar box, peppercorn, BlackBerry tart. Every note on the wine seemed put together...nothing was out of place. Gorgeous property and gorgeous wines! FYI, their viognier is awesome!

9.5

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

Thank you Dov @Dov Eidelman for pulling this beauty out of your cellar and sharing it with us. Opulent nose., strikingly rich and lush. Bravo my friend!

Thank you Dov @Dov Eidelman for pulling this beauty out of your cellar and sharing it with us. Opulent nose., strikingly rich and lush. Bravo my friend!

9.6

Lee Pitofsky Delectable Pro

wonderful notes of blueberries, black plum, blackberry, cassis, cloves, vanilla, baking spices, beautifully structured tannins. Improved significantly after an hour decanting

wonderful notes of blueberries, black plum, blackberry, cassis, cloves, vanilla, baking spices, beautifully structured tannins. Improved significantly after an hour decanting

9.6

Antonio Galloni Delectable Pro

Founder, Vinous

Exotic and expressive, but also very young. Tasted at Vinous map event.

Exotic and expressive, but also very young. Tasted at Vinous map event.

9.6

Mitzi Inglis Delectable Pro

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Biased review. #josephphelps #insignia

Biased review. #josephphelps #insignia

9.4

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Fruits are fresh and run juicy to dry. Black plum, blackberries, dark raspberries, bit of stewed strawberries, tannins are dusty/gritty, leather, spicebox, baking spices, dark powdery minerals, good acidity, balance and finish. Check it again in 8-10 years but good for 20 years.

Fruits are fresh and run juicy to dry. Black plum, blackberries, dark raspberries, bit of stewed strawberries, tannins are dusty/gritty, leather, spicebox, baking spices, dark powdery minerals, good acidity, balance and finish. Check it again in 8-10 years but good for 20 years.

9.5

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

Dark fruit and tobacco on the nose with a, not surprising, blackberry on the palate - great way to finish off Father's Day!

Dark fruit and tobacco on the nose with a, not surprising, blackberry on the palate - great way to finish off Father's Day!

10

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Dark cherries,black licorice nose. Super dark cassis fruit that moves into mid red fruits on the palate. Caramel, dry rose, sweet spice, rich dark wet earth.

Dark cherries,black licorice nose. Super dark cassis fruit that moves into mid red fruits on the palate. Caramel, dry rose, sweet spice, rich dark wet earth.

9.5

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

PBFW Kostow dinner.

PBFW Kostow dinner.

8.5

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