Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2011 (1500ml)

9.3221 ratings on Delectable
$399

The 2011 Insignia is showing beautifully today. The cool vintage has given the 2011 distinctly European leanings in both the flavors and structure. At the same time, there is tons of energy and pure vibrancy in the glass... Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

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Ratings on Delectable

R. Addison Wehrfritz Delectable Pro

Most palatable of the $200+ Cab Queens. Still not really my cup of tea...I mean wine. Overripe fruit, massive oak, and limited aromas.

Most palatable of the $200+ Cab Queens. Still not really my cup of tea...I mean wine. Overripe fruit, massive oak, and limited aromas.

8.1

WineMascot Delectable Pro

inspired by one @Carl Fischer I decided to check on a 2011 i had been holding onto. Short finish but no green for a mostly valley floor wine. The tobacco and cedar box that insignia is known for was there for sure. this probably won't be a 20yr vintage for them I would drink now for another 5.

inspired by one @Carl Fischer I decided to check on a 2011 i had been holding onto. Short finish but no green for a mostly valley floor wine. The tobacco and cedar box that insignia is known for was there for sure. this probably won't be a 20yr vintage for them I would drink now for another 5.

8.9

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

The wine was double decanted and we tasted it after three hours later. On the nose, a touch of pepper, soft spices, blueberries, blackberries, dark cherries, cherries, black raspberries, black plums, rich dark soils, light vanilla and fresh and decayed dark soils. The 2011 is very lean. It tasted like it had 10-12 years of bottle age rather than it's 6. Not to say that the 11 is turning just yet, but I certainly don't believe this is going to be a long cellar vintage. Soft fruits of; blackberries, black cherries, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, crushed dry rock powder, very soft leather, mid intensity volcanic minerals, lightly brewed coffee, strawberries come on later and acidity that could be better. The 2011 is not going to hold up as many of the other Insignia vintages do. It's already not as rich and full bodied as other vintages at 6 years of age. On the long finish, it's already showing some fig, date and prune qualities. Photos of their big dinning room and some wildly fragrant white roses on the back terrace.

The wine was double decanted and we tasted it after three hours later. On the nose, a touch of pepper, soft spices, blueberries, blackberries, dark cherries, cherries, black raspberries, black plums, rich dark soils, light vanilla and fresh and decayed dark soils. The 2011 is very lean. It tasted like it had 10-12 years of bottle age rather than it's 6. Not to say that the 11 is turning just yet, but I certainly don't believe this is going to be a long cellar vintage. Soft fruits of; blackberries, black cherries, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, crushed dry rock powder, very soft leather, mid intensity volcanic minerals, lightly brewed coffee, strawberries come on later and acidity that could be better. The 2011 is not going to hold up as many of the other Insignia vintages do. It's already not as rich and full bodied as other vintages at 6 years of age. On the long finish, it's already showing some fig, date and prune qualities. Photos of their big dinning room and some wildly fragrant white roses on the back terrace.

9.1

Mick Eddy Delectable Pro

Cant go wrong with insignia

Cant go wrong with insignia

9.5

Logan Smyser Delectable Pro

Excellent every time.

Excellent every time.

9.6

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Dark cassis, very herbaceous, leathery, crush dry rock, black olive, strong mineral finish. Higher % of Petit Verdot in this vintage.

Dark cassis, very herbaceous, leathery, crush dry rock, black olive, strong mineral finish. Higher % of Petit Verdot in this vintage.

9.2

Mitzi Inglis Delectable Pro

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Biased review.

Biased review.

9.2

Andrew Wesson Delectable Pro

A little too much oak for the vintage. Not as good as usual.

A little too much oak for the vintage. Not as good as usual.

8.5

Rebekah Wineburg Delectable Pro

Winemaker Buccella Wines

There is richness there but lacks integration.

There is richness there but lacks integration.

8.3

Cory Fierro Delectable Pro

Great wine for under $100, but since it costs more (much more) than that it's merely 'good'. Great nose full of smoke, tobacco, dark red fruits and some leather lead to a still-tight tannicky palate. It definitely needs some age and maybe it'll be great again.

Great wine for under $100, but since it costs more (much more) than that it's merely 'good'. Great nose full of smoke, tobacco, dark red fruits and some leather lead to a still-tight tannicky palate. It definitely needs some age and maybe it'll be great again.

8.7