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2008 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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95
WA 95
WS 94
IWC 93(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2014-2032 WA: 2013-2043 WS: 2014-2026
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IWC 93(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 156

(just bottled): Full medium ruby. Black fruits, minerals, licorice, tar, menthol and sweet oak on the nose. Sweet and creamy on entry, then quite penetrating and tight in the mid-palate, showing a medicinal reserve for the vintage. A backward and rather powerful Insignia with the structure to require, and reward, considerable aging. This was a good quantity year for this flagship bottling, with about 16,000 cases produced.

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 209
Drink Dates 2013-2043

The 2008 Insignia, a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot that achieved 14.7% natural alcohol, is one of the more abundant vintages as there were 16,650 cases produced. Aged 24 months in new French oak, all from estate vineyards in Rutherford, St. Helena, Stags Leap and Oak Knoll, it exhibits a beautiful opaque purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of creme de cassis, incense, forest floor, spring flowers, blueberries and subtle new oak. It possesses sweet tannins and cuts a full-bodied swath across the palate. Given this cuvee's history, the 2008 should age for 30 or more years.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2014-2026

Dense and chewy, this is very tight and closed, but the glimpses of fruit offer tight mineral, crushed rock, graphite, dried currant, cedar and anise. Full-bodied and way too young to drink now, this needs time, but should provide years of rewarding drinking. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot.

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Author Cellar Dweller 33
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.61%
Tasted On 03/28/2014
Drink Dates 2016-2030
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Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.496%
Tasted On 03/27/2014
Drink Dates 2015-2020

Still very tight and closed - wish we had decanted. Great Insignia flavor profile and nose. Needs air and/or time, but definitely a winner.

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Author NectarLover
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/03/2013
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Author gjsantoro
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.381%
Tasted On 09/04/2013
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Author rnorberto
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.107%
Tasted On 02/04/2013
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Author Rafa Wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.496%
Tasted On 02/04/2012
Drink Dates 2013-2035

I opened this bottle on a Saturday and I have been slowly drinking out over 3 days. The first taste was tight, and tanic with tar and tobacco. The second day the fruit started to shine through and currants and blackberries started to swirl in the mouth. The third day left nothing to the imagination with beautiful displays of fruit and Napa hillsides accompanied by leather and a gorgeous glass coating purple.

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