Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2008

$179

The blend of the 2008 Insignia, 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, is not terribly different from the 2007. However, I suspect the production will be a lot less given the frost damage in early spring. The color is an inky/purple and the wine shows lots of cassis, blueberry, graphite and floral notes, good acidity, stunning concentration and purity, and a long finish. Another great success for Phelps, the 2007 and 2008 Insignias may be the best back-to-back vintages they have produced since 1995 and 1994. The 2008 has some tannins to resolve whereas the 2007 has already assimilated them. It appears the 2008 will require 2-3 years of bottle age, but should last for three decades. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

From Mag with bone-in NY prime. This is finally in an approachable drinking window. An hour decant gave this wings. As “Bordeaux” an Insignia I’ve had in a while. I know it’s a Bordeaux blend but it’s never really performed that way for me. Great strength here, silky lines and some legit nuance.

From Mag with bone-in NY prime. This is finally in an approachable drinking window. An hour decant gave this wings. As “Bordeaux” an Insignia I’ve had in a while. I know it’s a Bordeaux blend but it’s never really performed that way for me. Great strength here, silky lines and some legit nuance.

9.6

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

This is the 08 Insignia out of magnum. This drinking beautifully. On the nose, ripe, ruby, lush fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries, cherries & creamy raspberries. Black licorice, vanilla, some fig, sweet soils, light baking spices with fresh red and very dark flowers. On the palate, the body is near full. The tannins are beautifully rounded. It guides across the palate. So fresh and beautiful! blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries, cherries & creamy raspberries. Black licorice, vanilla, some fig, sweet soils, light baking spices, river stone, crushed rocks, cedar, with fresh red and very dark flowers. Beautiful round acidity and an elegantly polished finish.

This is the 08 Insignia out of magnum. This drinking beautifully. On the nose, ripe, ruby, lush fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries, cherries & creamy raspberries. Black licorice, vanilla, some fig, sweet soils, light baking spices with fresh red and very dark flowers. On the palate, the body is near full. The tannins are beautifully rounded. It guides across the palate. So fresh and beautiful! blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries, cherries & creamy raspberries. Black licorice, vanilla, some fig, sweet soils, light baking spices, river stone, crushed rocks, cedar, with fresh red and very dark flowers. Beautiful round acidity and an elegantly polished finish.

9.5

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Inky purple with gritty tannins, spirited fresh silky fruit. A substantial brooding wine with miles and miles left in the tank but so damn good right now. The ‘08s and ‘09s from the North CA Coast that I felt were impenetrable fruit bombs the last few years are really blooming now. Drink up but decant.

Inky purple with gritty tannins, spirited fresh silky fruit. A substantial brooding wine with miles and miles left in the tank but so damn good right now. The ‘08s and ‘09s from the North CA Coast that I felt were impenetrable fruit bombs the last few years are really blooming now. Drink up but decant.

9.5

Winery Explorers

Our first Insignia experience was tasting the '99. We loved the loamy earth, anise, herb, mocha, etc...we were immediate fans. This '08 on the other hand is nothing of the sort. It's good...lush, full bodied, but has more Port characteristics rather than those Napa-isms we were hoping for. Don't get us wrong, we enjoyed it. Our guess it's in some sort of resting stage right now and needs time. Try to hold this baby if you have it.

Our first Insignia experience was tasting the '99. We loved the loamy earth, anise, herb, mocha, etc...we were immediate fans. This '08 on the other hand is nothing of the sort. It's good...lush, full bodied, but has more Port characteristics rather than those Napa-isms we were hoping for. Don't get us wrong, we enjoyed it. Our guess it's in some sort of resting stage right now and needs time. Try to hold this baby if you have it.

8.7

Puerto Rico Wine News Delectable Pro

Voluptuous fruit with dusty tannins and minty blackberries. Solid, will get better in 7-10 years.

Voluptuous fruit with dusty tannins and minty blackberries. Solid, will get better in 7-10 years.

9.1

Greg Ballington Delectable Pro

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

Dark ruby red. Rich and earthy with notes of dark berries, and some damp forest. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Dark palate as well with dark cocoa, cigar box and black berries. Long finish and drinking well with some air. Drink till 2027.

Dark ruby red. Rich and earthy with notes of dark berries, and some damp forest. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Dark palate as well with dark cocoa, cigar box and black berries. Long finish and drinking well with some air. Drink till 2027.

9.2

Mitzi Inglis Delectable Pro

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Perfect wine to celebrate 17 years of marriage to my guy. #josephphelps biased review.

Perfect wine to celebrate 17 years of marriage to my guy. #josephphelps biased review.

9.5

Brian Thompson Delectable Pro

Sales & Marketing Krupp Brothers Winery, Stagecoach Vineyard

Wow the Petit Verdot really shows in this vintage. Black fruits, dusty herbs and chocolate aromas leap out of the glass. Always a treat!

Wow the Petit Verdot really shows in this vintage. Black fruits, dusty herbs and chocolate aromas leap out of the glass. Always a treat!

9.2

Mitzi Inglis Delectable Pro

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Biased review. #josephphelps

Biased review. #josephphelps

9.4

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

Dried dark red fruit on the nose with a dark chocolate finish - delicious!!

Dried dark red fruit on the nose with a dark chocolate finish - delicious!!

9.5

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