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2000 Joseph Phelps - Insignia Bordeaux Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer Notes

Since its founding in 1972, Joseph Phelps Vineyards has been on the cutting edge of many California wine developments. From the Bordeaux-blend Insignia, first made in 1974 and Wine Spectator's wine of the year for the 2002 vintage; to the resurrection of California Syrah, also first produced in 1974, the winery has earned critical acclaim for its many estate-grown wines.
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WA 91
WS 92
IWC 92(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2018 WA: 2003-2013 WS: 2004-2012
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750ml $109.95

IWC 92(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 108

($135; bottled the week prior to my visit; cabernet sauvignon with 18% merlot, 3% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc and 1% malbec) Good bright medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose of cassis, crushed blackberry, violet, cola, cedar, mint chocolate and shoe polish, with enticing spicy high tones. Sweet and lush but penetrating, with lovely vinosity giving shape to the black fruit and mineral flavors. Surprisingly expressive in the middle palate but finishes with youthfully tough, molar-coating tannins that will require at least four or five years of bottle aging.

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WA 91
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 150
Drink Dates 2003-2013

The 2000 Insignia (20,000 cases) is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. A strong effort for the vintage, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a powerful nose of licorice, espresso roast, and black currants, medium to full body, a lush mid-palate, and a sweet, concentrated finish with no hard edges. It is a forward, precocious Insignia to enjoy over the next ten years. <br><br/> The bulk of the fruit for the Insignia cuvee comes from vineyards on Manley Lane as well as the Stags Leap area. All the Petit Verdot and Malbec utilized is from the vineyard adjacent to the winery. The Insignia cuvee has been one of Napa's great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines since its inception in 1974. In the eighties, this offering seemed to fall off a bit, but it was phenomenal in the seventies, and most of those vintages are still alive. Moreover, it has been absolutely brilliant since 1991. Remarkably,18,000-20,000 cases of this wine are produced in top vintages.

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WS 92
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2004-2012

Deftly balanced, with dark color and rich fruit. Elegant, with tiers of currant, mocha, blackberry and espresso bean. Firms up at midpalate and flexes its tannic strength on the finish. Best to cellar a year or two. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. 15,000 cases made.

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Author G Wood
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.438%
Tasted On 12/01/2013
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Author Jon S495
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.75%
Tasted On 08/29/2013
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Author nadeausp
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.057%
Tasted On 10/29/2012
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Author Billy the Kid
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.316%
Tasted On 08/21/2011

Last of the 2000. Sorry that it's gone. Always consistantly good.

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Author Charles M71
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.581%
Tasted On 01/28/2011
Drink Dates 2014-2020

1/11 Great balance but, still lots of tannin with sufficient fruit to continue to mature.

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Author sm122097
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.661%
Tasted On 06/19/2010
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Author gd10102
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.132%
Tasted On 02/15/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2020

Notes of raspberry and blackberry jam along with hints of violets. This inky purple full bodied beauty is a mouthful of fruit that lasts for a minute. Well integrated tannins make this wine a soft and voluptuous baby that is just coming into its own. This should drink nicely for another 10 years.

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Author Jito72
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.051%
Tasted On 11/17/2009
Drink Dates 2006-2014
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Author Steven H695
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.737%
Tasted On 01/02/2009

This one not as good as last month. Seems much older and past it's prime. Still a nice bottle but wouldn't buy one today at current market value.

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Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.489%
Tasted On 11/23/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2010

My second bottle of the 2000 was really excellent. Smooth, balanced, no aggressive tannins. I'm always amazed that, even as the blend changes each year, Insignia is always identifiably distinctive. I guess that is what terroir means...

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Author KS
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 55.556%
Tasted On 11/21/2008
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Author Weonseok K134
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 85.714%
Tasted On 05/22/2008
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