Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1996Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1996
9.2 out of 10 based on 35 user ratings.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1996

9.235 ratings on Delectable
$175

Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak, this blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot reveals a powerful core of red and black fruits, dusty, loamy soil, lavender and a hint of toast. I would not describe it as elegant, but rather, it is a big, backstrapping, Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine that should continue to drink well for 15 or more years. eRobertParker.com

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Ratings on Delectable

David Trumper Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

What a wonderful wild berry, spice and wild fresh flowers on the nose. Ripe dark cassis, dry cranberries, ripe rhubarb, dry cranberries, cooked strawberries, dusty brown earth, crushed volcanic minerals, cedar, leather, tobacco, spice-box, dry floral bouquet and lean fresh fruit to dry long finish. Consistent throughout. Out of 3L. Wine of the day there.

What a wonderful wild berry, spice and wild fresh flowers on the nose. Ripe dark cassis, dry cranberries, ripe rhubarb, dry cranberries, cooked strawberries, dusty brown earth, crushed volcanic minerals, cedar, leather, tobacco, spice-box, dry floral bouquet and lean fresh fruit to dry long finish. Consistent throughout. Out of 3L. Wine of the day there.

9.5

Mitzi Inglis Delectable Pro

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

20 years in, this wine is just hitting its stride. From magnum. Biased review. #josephphelps #insignia

20 years in, this wine is just hitting its stride. From magnum. Biased review. #josephphelps #insignia

9.4

Will Phelps Delectable Pro

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Just stunning! 20 years old, barely tasted older than the 10-year-old 2006 we had with it. Biased review.

Just stunning! 20 years old, barely tasted older than the 10-year-old 2006 we had with it. Biased review.

9.8

Chris Hyde Delectable Pro

Out of magnum - complex and rich. This wine is ageing gracefully.

Out of magnum - complex and rich. This wine is ageing gracefully.

9.4

Brandon Jamieson Delectable Pro

Tasting room Lead/Wine Educator/Sommelier at The Winemakers Studio at Wente Vineyards

Amazing balance, soft tannin, burst of black fruit from start to finish. Sweet pipe tobacco note mid palate. Since my in laws were watching the kids, my wife and I decided to indulge.

Amazing balance, soft tannin, burst of black fruit from start to finish. Sweet pipe tobacco note mid palate. Since my in laws were watching the kids, my wife and I decided to indulge.

9.2

Dan Fishman Delectable Pro

Winemaker Donum Estate

Mennnhhhhh

Mennnhhhhh

7.8

Jean Ong

Enjoy very much with my friend.

Enjoy very much with my friend.

9.2

Justin Ennis

The 1996 out of Magnum. If you have this vintage do not hesitate to drink it now. Tasting great but is ready to be enjoyed.

The 1996 out of Magnum. If you have this vintage do not hesitate to drink it now. Tasting great but is ready to be enjoyed.

9.4

Patrick Kelly

Probably better a couple years back but still very nice

Probably better a couple years back but still very nice

8.9

Michael Laukert

A great surprise for birthday celebration. Wonderful glass of wine

A great surprise for birthday celebration. Wonderful glass of wine

9.1