Joseph Phelps Insignia 750ml

Bordeaux Red Blend from Napa Valley | California | United States
Vendor: Joseph Phelps
$379.99
$379.99
Wine Reviews
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JD
99
RP
96
WE
94
Jeb Dunnuck: 99 Points

Another beautiful wine from this team, the 2019 Insignia is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon but includes smaller amounts of Merlot and Malbec, brought up all in new barrels, sourced from seven estate vineyards. It has a classic varietal and incredibly complex nose of crème de cassis, freshly sharpened pencils, green tobacco, and damp earth, with a kiss of background sappy spring flowers. Seemingly from a cooler year with its freshness, vibrancy, and herbal, floral character on the nose, it's nevertheless full-bodied and beautifully concentrated on the palate, with ultra-fine tannins, a seamless, layered mouthfeel, and a gorgeous finish. Unquestionably up with the finest vintages of this cuvée, this is legit awesome juice that’s going to offer incredible pleasure over the coming 20-25 years. Hats off to winemaker Ashley Hepworth.

Robert Parker: 96 Points

More elegant and refined than the Napa Cab, the 2019 Insignia features restrained cedar and vanilla notes (despite spending two years in 100% new French oak) and delicate herbal shadings accenting cassis and black cherry fruit. Full-bodied, velvety and somewhat open-knit on the palate, it turns plush and long on the finish, adding a touch of warmth. Production this year is approximately 17,000 cases, reflecting the increased volume coming from recently replanted vineyards. It's remarkable what a good job they continue to do with this bottling year after year, without compromising on quality.

Wine Enthusiast: 94 Points

Given two years in new French oak, this vintage blends 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Brooding black fruit is complemented by classic notions of cigar box, tobacco, iron and clove, with a leather texture that's still got time to unfurl. Dense and chewy tannins provide a powerful imprint of intensity and ripeness matched in toasted oak. Enjoy best from 2029–2039.

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Insignia opens with heady aromatics of red fruit, crème de cassis, leafy tobacco and delicate dried rose petals. The palate is juicy and dense with expressive layers of blackberry, raspberry, black currant, and dark chocolate. A dynamic wine offering captivating energy, length, complexity and refinement.  Insignia marks the first vintage to include fruit from the new Joseph Phelps vineyard named El Venadito, located in the Oak Knoll District, just south of the winery’s Yountville Vineyard.

Joseph Phelps Insignia 750ml

Joseph Phelps Insignia 750ml

$379.99

Joseph Phelps Insignia 750ml

$379.99
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Bordeaux Red Blend

Bordeaux red blends, hailing from the Bordeaux region in France, artfully combine grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec to create wines celebrated for their balanced profiles, marrying the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the fruitiness of Merlot. Known for aging potential, these wines evolve, gaining complexity and softer tannins over time, and their styles range from elegant to full-bodied, influenced by grape proportions and specific terroirs within Bordeaux sub-regions.

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Napa Valley

Napa Valley, nestled in the picturesque landscape of Northern California, is renowned worldwide as a mecca for wine enthusiasts, with its crown jewel being the illustrious Cabernet Sauvignon. Here, the warm, sun-drenched days and cool, breezy nights create the perfect environment for grapes to flourish, resulting in wines bursting with flavor and character. Beyond its famed Cabernet, Napa cultivates an array of grape varieties, from elegant Chardonnays to robust Merlots, each expressing the region's unique terroir. Winemakers, akin to artisans, skillfully blend these varietals, crafting wines that are as diverse as they are delightful. With over 400 wineries to explore, including iconic names like Opus One, Napa offers an immersive tasting experience, where every sip tells a story of passion, innovation, and sustainability. Cheers to Napa Valley, where the art of winemaking reaches its pinnacle!

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