Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

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

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

jesus g Delectable Pro

Hospitality Schramsberg Vineyards

If I could I'd love to taste this side by side with an 02 insignia

If I could I'd love to taste this side by side with an 02 insignia

9.8

Mark Blatty Delectable Pro

A Napa classic...

A Napa classic...

9.5

Location

  • 2 New Montgomery St.
    San Francisco, CA 94105

  • Hours:
    Monday-Saturday: 9am-9pm
    Sunday: 11am-7pm

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