Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

The 14 Insignia out of 750ml. On the nose, very dark currant/cassis. Expresso roast, nice backing spices; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Dark spice, black tea, red florals, violets, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, dry crushed rocks, black, rich soil, volcanic minerals and some black licorice. The body is full. Tannins are big, rounded, sticky/chewy with a dusty dry long palate set. The fruits are ripe and less dark than the nose. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, cherries, dry crushed rocks, black, rich soil, volcanic minerals, black licorice, expresso roast, backing spices; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Dark spice, black tea with bright red florals & violets. Good waterfall acidity. The structure, length, texture and balance are well executed. The finish is beautiful, floral fruits and lasts minutes. The wine is starting to close down and should slumber for 15-20 years.

The 14 Insignia out of 750ml. On the nose, very dark currant/cassis. Expresso roast, nice backing spices; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Dark spice, black tea, red florals, violets, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, dry crushed rocks, black, rich soil, volcanic minerals and some black licorice. The body is full. Tannins are big, rounded, sticky/chewy with a dusty dry long palate set. The fruits are ripe and less dark than the nose. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, cherries, dry crushed rocks, black, rich soil, volcanic minerals, black licorice, expresso roast, backing spices; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Dark spice, black tea with bright red florals & violets. Good waterfall acidity. The structure, length, texture and balance are well executed. The finish is beautiful, floral fruits and lasts minutes. The wine is starting to close down and should slumber for 15-20 years.

9.4

Vino Kaela Delectable Pro

Wow what a wine! Yet again the Insignia delivers a proprietary blend that is consistent with their long past time of creating one of Napa Valley’s elite Bordeaux style blends. The intensity, complexity and balance that is delivered every vintage is why this wine year in and year out receives top marks. The 2014 has a dense, opaque ruby red core. The bouquet is intense and concentrated with a wide array of flavors including, ripe black and red berries, red cassis, fresh cooking herbs, freshly cut violets and a soft note of rocky earth. The palate is powerful, complex and persistent with structured yet silky tannins. The mouth feel is juicy with a refreshing balance that offer up a long finish. Tasting the wine two separate times you will definitely want to open it up and let it breath or decant for 1-2 hours to get maximum enjoyment from this bottling. Drink Now- 2035.

Wow what a wine! Yet again the Insignia delivers a proprietary blend that is consistent with their long past time of creating one of Napa Valley’s elite Bordeaux style blends. The intensity, complexity and balance that is delivered every vintage is why this wine year in and year out receives top marks. The 2014 has a dense, opaque ruby red core. The bouquet is intense and concentrated with a wide array of flavors including, ripe black and red berries, red cassis, fresh cooking herbs, freshly cut violets and a soft note of rocky earth. The palate is powerful, complex and persistent with structured yet silky tannins. The mouth feel is juicy with a refreshing balance that offer up a long finish. Tasting the wine two separate times you will definitely want to open it up and let it breath or decant for 1-2 hours to get maximum enjoyment from this bottling. Drink Now- 2035.

9.5

Austin Baird Delectable Pro

Wow!

Wow!

9.5

Gordon Walker Delectable Pro

Hot, plush ripe fruits, confectionery, integrated tannins

Hot, plush ripe fruits, confectionery, integrated tannins

9.2

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Mixed dark wild berries, herbs, spice, sweet tar and a touch of black olive nose. Fruit are ripe, juicy and somewhat lean yet thick and big. Start lean and move to big. Black cassis, dark raspberries & cherries, strawberries on the edges, sweet tar, spice, black tea, used leather, cedar, graphite, lead pencil shavings, moist forest floor, black licorice anise, granulated edgy dark minerals, good acidity and a round dark ripe juicy fruit finish.

Mixed dark wild berries, herbs, spice, sweet tar and a touch of black olive nose. Fruit are ripe, juicy and somewhat lean yet thick and big. Start lean and move to big. Black cassis, dark raspberries & cherries, strawberries on the edges, sweet tar, spice, black tea, used leather, cedar, graphite, lead pencil shavings, moist forest floor, black licorice anise, granulated edgy dark minerals, good acidity and a round dark ripe juicy fruit finish.

9.4

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Boysenberry and violet nose. Dark black currant palate. Strong concentrated of dark fruit, spice, baking spices, melted dark chocolate and a touch of tar.

Boysenberry and violet nose. Dark black currant palate. Strong concentrated of dark fruit, spice, baking spices, melted dark chocolate and a touch of tar.

9.4

Mike Mohan

Shake that a** for me, shake that a** for me. #MOUNTAINTOP Always great. ExB. ExB. ExB. Deep flavor. Currants, blackberry’s and chocolate. I could bathe in this. #SKOL

Shake that a** for me, shake that a** for me. #MOUNTAINTOP Always great. ExB. ExB. ExB. Deep flavor. Currants, blackberry’s and chocolate. I could bathe in this. #SKOL

9.5

Peter van Dijk

Wooooooow

Wooooooow

9.9

Mark Flesher

Showed well. Just young. Very young. Blackberry and leather and dark chocolate nose. Entry of astringent black fruit, suppressed by oak. This wine is going to really kick some butt; as for now, very tight and hiding behind an oak curtain. After 2 hours this one showed more herb on the finish and started to dance a little. But the dancing is similar to the tinman without properly being oiled. HOLD.

Showed well. Just young. Very young. Blackberry and leather and dark chocolate nose. Entry of astringent black fruit, suppressed by oak. This wine is going to really kick some butt; as for now, very tight and hiding behind an oak curtain. After 2 hours this one showed more herb on the finish and started to dance a little. But the dancing is similar to the tinman without properly being oiled. HOLD.

9.3

Jason McLaren

Wow

Wow

9.8

Location

  • 2 New Montgomery St.
    San Francisco, CA 94105

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

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