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

Cameron Etezadi

Just beginning to get to the drinkable age with tannins starting to soften and mellow. The wine is still quite rigid though the balance has come back into play. BlackBerry and plums finish with green bell peppers and spicy peppercorns. Five more years and it’ll be great.

Just beginning to get to the drinkable age with tannins starting to soften and mellow. The wine is still quite rigid though the balance has come back into play. BlackBerry and plums finish with green bell peppers and spicy peppercorns. Five more years and it’ll be great.

9.5

Rahul Mukherjee

Pop and pour sampler before decanting ahead of Duke/UNC. Amazing. Plum, silky, subdued fruit but just right. Slightly tannic, decanting for a couple hours and expecting an insane wine. Trying side by side with 2013 Moon Tsai which I loved last weekend. Insignia makes that seem like an unfocused fruit bomb.

Pop and pour sampler before decanting ahead of Duke/UNC. Amazing. Plum, silky, subdued fruit but just right. Slightly tannic, decanting for a couple hours and expecting an insane wine. Trying side by side with 2013 Moon Tsai which I loved last weekend. Insignia makes that seem like an unfocused fruit bomb.

9.5

Brian Reedy

OMG! this is a wine built to age well. Delicious now. BUT. give this wine time and it may be one of the best Insignias yet!

OMG! this is a wine built to age well. Delicious now. BUT. give this wine time and it may be one of the best Insignias yet!

9.5

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