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2005 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 95
JR 17++
WS 92
IWC 93(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2013-2025 WS: 2011-2018
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750ml $162.00

IWC 93(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138

($200; 92% cabernet sauvignon with 7% petit verdot and 1% merlot; bottled the month before my visit) Bright ruby-red. Highly complex nose melds currant, black licorice, lead pencil, mocha, bitter chocolate and fresh herbs. Deep and sweet in the middle, with juicy acidity giving shape to the concentrated, silky flavors of cassis and dark chocolate. This, too, is downright Bordeaux-like. Finishes with broad, lush tannins and excellent length. This has fleshed out nicely since I tasted it from barrel a year ago but should still be kept for a minimum of five or six years.

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JR 17++
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2018-2028

 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot. Very very tight, wilfully obscure fruit flavours. Very enigmatic - you are willing it to express more on the nose than it does. Sweet and pure cassis on the tongue, with posh creamy oak and a seasoned finish with round tannins and a proud depth of concentration with a lengthy finish. (RH)

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 180

Since 2004, 100% of the Bordeaux varietals used in the Insignia proprietary blend have been from estate vineyards. The beautiful, dense ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Insignia (a 12,500-case blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec) possesses sweet aromas of black cherries, cassis, chocolate, camphor, and a subtle hint of roasted herbs. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, with a European style imposed on the rich, velvety, California fruit, this cuvee will benefit from several years of bottle age, and should easily keep for three decades.

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WS 92
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2011-2018

Smooth, supple and complex, offering wonderful aromas and serving up a range of herb- and mineral-laced currant, black cherry, blackberry, sage and pebble notes. Ends with a clipped edge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot.

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Author Ronn L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 89.351%
Drink Dates 2013-2028
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Author Nick Shea
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.361%
Tasted On 06/01/2014
Drink Dates 2009-2020
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Author Mcaz
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.434%
Tasted On 10/05/2013
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Author Bryon
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.394%
Tasted On 05/17/2013
Drink Dates 2013-2015

Smooth s silk. Nice fruit slight oak flavors. Finish pleasant

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Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.578%
Tasted On 04/24/2013

My favorite of 3 Insignias we tasted ('95, '05, '08). The '05 is really in a sweet spot right now with great balance and flavor. Firm underlying structure, but no pushy tannins. Really good - sorry it was my last bottle.

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Author flwine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.702%
Tasted On 02/14/2013
Drink Dates 2013-2025

not a big nose - light spices. but the taste lingers and is awesome. Almost chewy! Chocolate and cherry, smooth tannins. Definitely worth the wait of letting it breath for 30 minutes.

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Author Kaya
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.619%
Tasted On 09/11/2012
Drink Dates 2018-2028
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Author Lellman2
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.476%
Tasted On 11/25/2011

Great wine, Very very balanced effort, Decanted for 4 hours, lots of life to go, long velvety finish, dark dark color, scorched earth, tobacco. Awesome wine!!!

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Author KK and QB Wines
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 84.211%
Tasted On 04/25/2011

Wooden box

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Author Rick2002
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.34%
Tasted On 03/27/2010
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Author cloudon
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.018%
Tasted On 11/10/2009

Amazing nose of bright cherry, blueberry, and dark cocao. Tannins present but firm and integrated. mid palate chalk, chocolate, rich red fruit, and minerals. Smooth finish that goes down like water and lingers forever. Get more

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Author gd10102
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.132%
Tasted On 09/30/2009
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Author WineRyan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.771%
Tasted On 07/25/2009

Nice nose, sweet red fruit, cherry, menthol. Real nice mouth feel and tannin structure. Medium in length finish lacks, astringent.

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