Joseph Phelps Insignia 2015

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PRODUCT DETAILS

❗️AVAILABLE IN CEBU ONLY.
Taste Profile: Full red
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
ABV: 14.5%
Origin: Napa Valley, California, USA
Winery: Joseph Phelps

Accolades:

  • 98 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate)
  • 97 points, James Suckling

TASTE NOTES
Sight: Rich red
Nose: Rich dark fruit, cocoa powder, fragrant dried flower notes
Palate: Velvety texture, weight on the palate with layers of juicy black plum, Madagascar vanilla, bergamot, bold, creamy, supple with integrated tannin structure and a lengthy finish

ABOUT THIS WINE
In 1974, Joe Phelps had the idea to make a separate cuvée each year, one that would represent the finest wine he could make from each vintage. He didn’t necessarily think it would always be a Cabernet Sauvignon. It might be a white wine in some years, a Chardonnay or a Riesling, or it might be a Syrah or Merlot. His only thought was to make one wine that represented the best of what Joseph Phelps Vineyards could produce each year. He decided to name the wine Insignia, a proprietary name that would give him the flexibility to make the wine out of any varietal he chose.

As it happened, 1974 was a great year for Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley and the 1974 Insignia was 94% Cabernet from the Stags Leap District. The following year Merlot dominated the blend, and in 1976, it returned to Cabernet, this time from the Eisele Vineyard. It was becoming increasingly clear that red Bordeaux varieties – particularly Cabernet Sauvignon - were ideally suited to Napa Valley and would consistently yield the best wines of the vintage. From 1977 on, Cabernet Sauvignon was never less than 50% of the Insignia blend and gradually became the dominant varietal. Joe’s vision evolved: Insignia would always be a proprietary red Bordeaux-style blend.

98 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with stunning black and red plums, cassis and mulberries scents with loads of redcurrant sparks and compelling wafts of lilacs, pencil shavings, black olives and tilled soil plus a hint of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with red and black currant fireworks plus some exciting mineral nuances coming through, framed by firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and beautifully layered. (Dec. 2018)

97 Points - James Suckling
This shows finesse and beauty with dark berries and wet earth. Subtle. Very fine-grained. Medium to full body. Bright and vivid. Lovely length and intensity. Drink or hold. (May 2019)

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