Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2005

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David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Been awhile since I pulled out an Insigna. The 03 Pichon Lalande is the better wine and steak pairing. However, Napa Cabernet is the choice to finish steak and enjoy on its own after. You never want to do Napa before Bordeaux IMHO. It’s much harder to adjust from sweeter to something more earthy. Enjoyed the 05 as my score reflects. I don’t remember it being as sweet as it was in previous tastings. Still quite good. It just tipped my sweet scale a little too much. The body is, rich, lush & round. It’s achieved good evolution after 13 years in bottle and will continue to improve over the next 6-8 years and last another 15 years. As I mentioned, the fruit was ripe & sweet. Blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, plums, hints of blueberries and strawberries haunting the backend. Rich, dark earth, Rutherford dusty tannins and dry soils, purple cola, touch of fresh tobacco & graphite, light baking spices of; cinnamon, dash of clove, nutmeg and vanillin, anise to black licorice, saddle-wood, used leather, dry stems, some dry, crushed rocks/limestone with red, dark, purple and blue florals. The acidity round and nicely executed. The finish was similar wire to wire. It’s, lush, rich, elegant, touch too sweet, polished, well balanced & knitted with a soft, persistent, dark spice on the long set. Very enjoyable second bottle. Photos of; Joseph Phelps Winery & sloping estate vines, inside lounge are with views of the back side, tasting terrace and front lobby/salon area upon entering past check in.

Been awhile since I pulled out an Insigna. The 03 Pichon Lalande is the better wine and steak pairing. However, Napa Cabernet is the choice to finish steak and enjoy on its own after. You never want to do Napa before Bordeaux IMHO. It’s much harder to adjust from sweeter to something more earthy. Enjoyed the 05 as my score reflects. I don’t remember it being as sweet as it was in previous tastings. Still quite good. It just tipped my sweet scale a little too much. The body is, rich, lush & round. It’s achieved good evolution after 13 years in bottle and will continue to improve over the next 6-8 years and last another 15 years. As I mentioned, the fruit was ripe & sweet. Blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, plums, hints of blueberries and strawberries haunting the backend. Rich, dark earth, Rutherford dusty tannins and dry soils, purple cola, touch of fresh tobacco & graphite, light baking spices of; cinnamon, dash of clove, nutmeg and vanillin, anise to black licorice, saddle-wood, used leather, dry stems, some dry, crushed rocks/limestone with red, dark, purple and blue florals. The acidity round and nicely executed. The finish was similar wire to wire. It’s, lush, rich, elegant, touch too sweet, polished, well balanced & knitted with a soft, persistent, dark spice on the long set. Very enjoyable second bottle. Photos of; Joseph Phelps Winery & sloping estate vines, inside lounge are with views of the back side, tasting terrace and front lobby/salon area upon entering past check in.

9.4

Jay Eagan Delectable Pro

What a terrific cab! Still a dark brooding young wine (at 17)! Wonderfully long finish and still excellent grip. During this confinement at least the Jonathan Club prepared prime rib dinners for grab&go! We are so appreciative of everyone efforts especially the JC & Phelps!

What a terrific cab! Still a dark brooding young wine (at 17)! Wonderfully long finish and still excellent grip. During this confinement at least the Jonathan Club prepared prime rib dinners for grab&go! We are so appreciative of everyone efforts especially the JC & Phelps!

9.4

Sean Harris

The BEST

The BEST

9.7

jesus g Delectable Pro

Hospitality Schramsberg Vineyards

15

15

9.6

Meghan Hamilton Delectable Pro

Wine Educator Joseph Phelps Vineyards

One of my favorite Insignia vintages and a great time to drink it. Blackberry, plum, caramel, graphite, chocolate, and smooth finish. Biased review :)

One of my favorite Insignia vintages and a great time to drink it. Blackberry, plum, caramel, graphite, chocolate, and smooth finish. Biased review :)

9.5

Mitzi Inglis Delectable Pro

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Gourmet Century wines #chriskingbuzz #josephphelps #insignia biased review

Gourmet Century wines #chriskingbuzz #josephphelps #insignia biased review

9.3

Marty Winters Delectable Pro

Bright acidity from a cool vintage with dark red and black fruit.

Bright acidity from a cool vintage with dark red and black fruit.

9.0

Eddie Townsend Delectable Pro

Winery Ambassador Hyde de Villaine

Tasting delicious but will go the distance.

Tasting delicious but will go the distance.

8.9

Grace Hoffman Delectable Pro

Amazingly rich! Still has huge concentration, deep and dark, a lot of black fruit and black olive.

Amazingly rich! Still has huge concentration, deep and dark, a lot of black fruit and black olive.

9.0

Will Phelps Delectable Pro

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Out of magnum.

Out of magnum.

9.5

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