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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
California Joseph Phelps 1997 Insignia 1 Bottle 75cl £300
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2013 - 2033

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Nov 2013

    Source

    1113, The Wine Advocate

    An inky/plum/purple color is accompanied by a stunning bouquet of violets, charcoal, creme de cassis and a hint of toast. Prodigious when it hits the palate with a full-bodied expansiveness, there is not a hard edge to be found in the 1997, only velvety tannins, compelling depth and fruit intensity, and stunning purity. It is a perfect expression of Napa viticulture and wine that should continue to age effortlessly for two decades or more. An ideal warm, dry spring, June and July was followed by a surprisingly cool August that slowed down what looked to be rapid sugar accumulation in the grapes. September's temperatures were average to above average, without any potentially damaging heat spikes. This allowed the harvest to unfurl slowly, with no stress or imminent danger. For many Napa Cabernet Sauvignons, this resulted in one of the top vintages of the nineties. Consumers, observers and wine critics will undoubtedly argue for decades over which vintage of the nineties turned out to be the finest – 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995 or 1997. The 1997 Insignia is a 20,000-case blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, with 60% coming from estate vineyards and 40% from growers. The alcohol came in at 13.8%.

Tasting Notes
100
California Joseph Phelps 2010 Insignia 1 Case 6 75cl £895
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2013 - 2033

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Nov 2013

    Source

    1113, The Wine Advocate

    A gorgeously intense bouquet of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, black currants, blackberries, and subtle smoke and foresty aromas jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with soft tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty is one of the top Insignias produced over recent years. It should age easily for 20+ years. The stunning 2010 Insignia, which is now in bottle, was made from 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and the rest Merlot and Malbec, 11,060 cases were produced, and it achieved 14.9% natural alcohol. All of the fruit came from estate vineyards.

Tasting Notes
95
California Joseph Phelps 2013 Insignia 1 Bottle 150cl £280
98
California Joseph Phelps 2015 Insignia 3 Bottle 150cl £290
98
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