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

Omid

Very tasty for being so young

Very tasty for being so young

9.5

Kevin Blix

Great wine but not amazing at the price point. With some aging I believe this would become amazing

Great wine but not amazing at the price point. With some aging I believe this would become amazing

8.9

Josh Betz

Complex and very ready to drink. Excellent Cab.

Complex and very ready to drink. Excellent Cab.

9.4

Brian Reedy

Insignia never disappoint but the 2014 is particularly delicious, nuanced and built for the long haul. As good as it now, I can't wait to see how good this vintage gets in 10-15 years

Insignia never disappoint but the 2014 is particularly delicious, nuanced and built for the long haul. As good as it now, I can't wait to see how good this vintage gets in 10-15 years

9.4

Location

  • 2 New Montgomery St.
    San Francisco, CA 94105

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