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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
California Jonata 2005 Desafio 3 Bottle 75cl £85
94
California Jonata 2009 Tierra 2 Bottle 75cl £55
92
California Jonata 2009 Sangre 3 Bottle 75cl £80
94
California Jonata 2013 Alma 3 Bottle 75cl £90
California Jonata 2013 Sangre 3 Bottle 75cl £95
California Jonata 2013 El Desafio Jonata Cabernet Sauvignon 3 Bottle 75cl £100
California Jonata 2014 Todos 1 Bottle 150cl £60
94
California Jonata 2014 Desafio 4 Bottle 75cl £85
93
California Jonata 2014 Alma 4 Bottle 75cl £90
93
California Jonata 2014 Fenix 1 Bottle 150cl £90
93
California Jonata 2014 Sangre 4 Bottle 75cl £90
94
California Jonata 2014 Alma 1 Bottle 150cl £180
93
California Jonata 2014 Desafio 1 Bottle 150cl £180
93
California Jonata 2014 Sangre 1 Bottle 150cl £180
94
California Jonata 2015 Fenix 1 Bottle 75cl £50
93
California Jonata 2015 Tierra 3 Bottle 75cl £65
91
California Jonata 2015 Jonata Petite Verdot Fuerza 3 Bottle 75cl £70
California Jonata 2015 Desafio 2 Bottle 75cl £90
95
California Jonata 2015 Alma 4 Bottle 75cl £100
94
California Jonata 2015 Todos 2 Case 6 75cl £210
93
California Jonata 2015 Fenix 1 Case 6 75cl £300
93
California Jonata 2015 Desafio 1 Case 6 75cl £540
95
California Jonata 2015 Alma 2 Case 6 75cl £600
94
California Jonata 2015 Sangre 1 Case 6 75cl £660
95
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 2012 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 3 150cl £330
  • Rating

    (89 - 91)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2013

    Source

    209, The Wine Advocate

    Not surprisingly, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a deeper, richer, fuller effort with a more saturated ruby/purple color as well as lots of creme de cassis, smoke, forest floor, incense and background wood. Medium to full-bodied and rich in fruit with low acidity and extremely sweet tannin, this will be a crowd-pleasing, delicious Cabernet Sauvignon to drink early on or cellar for 10-15+ years. All of Joseph Phelps’ Sonoma Coast Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs will be included in the Sonoma report in the December, 2013 issue. One of the visionaries in California’s Rhone Ranger movement that began a quarter of a century ago, Phelps continues to focus on their Syrah program. I have mixed emotions about that because they made some wonderful wines from some other Rhone varietals in the past under the terminated Mistral label. On the www.erobertparker.com website, I will be posting one of the most historical vertical tastings I have ever done, that of Joseph Phelps’ proprietary red Bordeaux blend called Insignia, which was one of California’s first proprietary red Meritage wines launched in 1974. While visiting this winery in early September, I had the privilege of tasting every vintage from 1974 to 2012. This has always been a remarkable wine and sadly I am old enough to remember the 1974, to which I gave a great rating, but then suggested it be drunk within 10-12 years. I never thought it would last. Of course, it turned out to be one of the great mature wines of the vertical tasting, but more on that on the web site. The five vintages of Insignia which consumers should be keeping an eye on are 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Here are my notes on those wines which are either on the market or soon will be. By the way, the production of Insignia over the last 15-20 years has ranged from a low of 10,000-12,000 cases to a whopping 20,000 cases, often with the highest production levels in some of the greatest years. There are usually around 750 to 1,300 cases of the Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard. Usually 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is fashioned from the red soils of the Oakville hillsides (a spectacular sight as you drive south on the Silverado Trail). 

Tasting Notes
91
California Joseph Phelps 2013 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 6 75cl £320
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    $75

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2015

    Source

    221, The Wine Advocate

    The Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, is a strong effort from Joseph Phelps and possibly could turn out to be one of the best generic Napa bottlings they have made in many a year. There are 23,000 cases of this wine, which is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, almost all of it coming from their estate vineyards. The wine saw about 45% new oak (55% French, 45% American) and is opaque purple in color, with a classic Cabernet expression of tobacco leaf, blackcurrants, licorice and Christmas fruitcake. It is full-bodied, dense, opulent and concentrated, especially for the introductory Cabernet Sauvignon in the Joseph Phelps stable. No doubt, the fruit coming from 100% estate vineyards has certainly added quality to this offering. This should drink well for up to 20 or more years.

Tasting Notes
91
California Joseph Phelps 2013 Insignia 2 Case 6 75cl £895
  • Rating

    98+

    Release Price

    $250

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2071

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Insignia (their 40th vintage) is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This wine is aged 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels, and the production can vary from just over 10,000 cases to nearly 20,000 cases in a very abundant vintage. There were 12,300 cases produced in 2013, and this vintage of Insignia is certainly going to turn out to be one of the great ones. The wine offers a stunning inky blue/purple color, a gorgeous nose of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite, new saddle leather and barrique. The wine has fabulous concentration, a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel, and tremendous finish with moderate tannin. It’s interesting to note that the Phelps winemaking staff had been gradually reducing the amount of Merlot in this wine over recent vintages. The 2013 should hit its peak in 5-7 years and last for 35-50.

Tasting Notes
98
California Joseph Phelps 2014 Insignia 1 Case 6 75cl £740
97
California Joseph Phelps 2014 Insignia 1 Case 3 150cl £740
97
California Joseph Phelps 2015 Insignia 3 Case 6 75cl £790
98
California Joseph Phelps 2016 Insignia 2 Case 6 75cl £920
  • A barrel sample made up of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec to be aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak, the 2016 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and is a little reticent at this still nascent stage (to be bottled in January 2019), opening out to reveal chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries and black raspberries with touches of underbrush, cedar chest and bouquet garni plus a hint of grilled meat. Medium to full-bodied, the palate springs forth with exciting energy, offering loads of red and black fruit layers and compelling herbal sparks, featuring a firm, fine-grained backbone and bags of freshness lifting the finish. 13,500 cases are expected to be made.

    Score: 97/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, December 2018

    Lovely density and intensity with dark berries, blueberries and inky undertones with hints of spice, chocolate and walnuts. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. The texture and length are fantastic here. Complex. Hints of smoky wood at the end. This needs three to five years more in bottle age. Exciting wine. Try after 2022.

    Score: 98 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2019

    The 2016 Insignia has turned out beautifully. Silky, layered and positively striking, the 2016 is magnificent. In this vintage, Insignia is especially silky, refined and understated, which is unusual for this wine that has often been more bombastic. Readers will have to be patient with the 2016, as it needs at least several years in bottle to be at its very best, but this is all finesse and class.

    Score: 97 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2020

    Sweet, racy and perfumed, the 2016 Insignia captivates all the senses with its exceptional balance. In 2016, Insignia is poised and vibrant in the glass, with gorgeous balance of aromatics, fruit and structure. Succulent dark cherry, plum, lavender and menthol are all nicely delineated. Today, the 2016 offers the mid-weight structure of the 2014 with the depth and darker profile of the 2015, a combination that is incredibly appealing. All of that makes the 2016 Insignia one of the highlights in this tasting.

    Score: 95/98 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2018

Tasting Notes
97
California Kapcsandy 2012 Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard 5 Bottle 75cl £90
California Kapcsandy 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane 4 Bottle 75cl £215
96
California Kapcsandy 2014 Roberta's Reserve State Lane Vineyard 1 Case 6 75cl £1,350
96
California Kapcsandy 2015 Rapszodia 3 Bottle 75cl £260
98
California Kapcsandy 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane 3 Bottle 75cl £275
99
California Kapcsandy 2015 Roberta's Reserve State Lane Vineyard 1 Case 6 75cl £1,620
98
California Lail 2011 J Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 75cl £450
89
California Lail 2013 J Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 37.5cl £450
99
California Lokoya 2012 Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 6 75cl £1,380
96
California Mondavi / Rothschild 1991 Opus One 2 Bottle 150cl £750
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    $55 - 60

    Drink Date

    1995 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1995

    Source

    97, The Wine Advocate

    Opus One's 1991 is a gorgeously rich, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with a knock-out nose of smoke, cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with surprisingly supple, concentrated, chocolatey, cassis, and blackcurrant flavors that ooze across the palate, this voluptuously-textured example of Opus One is atypical in a vintage that produced so many backward wines. There is no question the wine possesses plenty of tannin, but it is admirably concealed by the copious quantities of concentrated fruit. This Opus can be drunk now as well as over the next 15+ years.

Tasting Notes
92
California Montelena 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Case 6 75cl £960
87
California Mount Veeder 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Bottle 150cl £70
California Paul Hobbs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane 1 Bottle 150cl £220
91
California Paul Hobbs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Piedras 1 Bottle 150cl £220
90
California Paul Hobbs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 1 Bottle 150cl £440
92
California Paul Hobbs 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 3 Bottle 150cl £130
93
California Paul Hobbs 2012 Chardonnay Ross Station 1 Bottle 150cl £130
96
California Paul Hobbs 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Piedras 1 Bottle 150cl £320
95
California Paul Hobbs 2012 Nathan Coombs Cabernet Sauvignon 5 Bottle 150cl £440
94
California Paul Hobbs 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 2 Bottle 150cl £510
97
California Paul Hobbs 2013 Nathan Coombs Cabernet Sauvignon 3 Bottle 150cl £390
96
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 3 Bottle 150cl £140
92
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 3 Bottle 150cl £150
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Piedras 3 Bottle 150cl £395
95
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Nathan Coombs Cabernet Sauvignon 2 Bottle 150cl £530
97
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 3 Bottle 150cl £620
98
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2 Case 6 75cl £420
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 6 75cl £420
92
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Piedras 2 Case 6 75cl £1,050
95
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane 3 Case 6 75cl £1,170
100
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Nathan Coombs Cabernet Sauvignon 4 Case 6 75cl £1,500
97
California Paul Hobbs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 3 Case 6 75cl £1,770
98
California Paul Hobbs 2015 Pinot Noir Agustina Katherine Lindsay 3 Bottle 150cl £205
California Paul Hobbs 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Piedras 3 Bottle 150cl £460
98
California Paul Hobbs 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 3 Bottle 150cl £660
98
California Paul Hobbs 2015 Fraenkle Cheshier Vineyard Pinot Noir 2 Case 6 75cl £390
California Paul Hobbs 2015 Sonoma Mountain Richard Dinner Chardonnay 1 Case 5 150cl £550
California Paul Hobbs 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane 3 Case 6 75cl £1,150
99

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