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2009 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 91
IWC 94
Drink Dates
Comm: 2013-2025 WA: 2017-2029 WS: 2014-2024
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IWC 94
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 162

Good deep ruby. Rich but youthfully stunted aromas of plum, currant, chocolate, licorice and mint. Then plush, fine-grained and sweet on the palate, with excellent fat and a loamy complexity to the flavors of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and graphite. This has evolved nicely since I tasted it a year ago from barrel. In a distinctly generous style but structured for a long life in bottle. Finishes with gripping, tongue-saturating tannins and terrific chocolatey length.

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 204
Drink Dates 2017-2029

A gorgeous, totally voluptuous wine, the 2009 Insignia bursts from the glass with exuberant blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, cloves and cassis. In 2009, the Insignia is silky and polished, yet there is considerable underlying tannin that needs time to soften. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly to the huge, structured finish. I imagine the 2009 Insignia will enjoy a broad drinking window. It is striking today, but also clearly has the stuffing to age for many, many years. The 2009 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.

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WS 91
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2014-2024

Combines deep, ripe dark berry fruit with crushed rock, cedar and lead pencil notes. A step back in richness and complexity for Insignia, this is built for cellaring. Tannins have a green, bitter edge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

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Author flwine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.217%
Tasted On 08/07/2014
Drink Dates 2013-2025
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Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.484%
Tasted On 04/04/2014

Good, but didn't wow me this time. Tannic and a little closed at first. Opened up nicely during dinner. Great nose and beautiful color. Nice fruit and pleasant cedar notes.

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Author NectarLover
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/03/2013
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