(From 2010 Vintage) The 2010 Insignia is striking. Cool, mineral notes frame a core of blue and black fruit, licorice, spices, smoke, and melted road tar as this stunning wine opens up in the glass. Totally alive in the glass, the 2010 captures the essence of this cold, late harvest. Hints of menthol, violets and crushed rocks all flow through to the incisive, vibrant finish.
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Wine Spectator(From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/15/2012
Robert Parker(From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/16/2011
Robert Parker(From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 95+/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/01/2009
Wine Spectator(From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/2009
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2001 Vintage) 8% Petit Verdot; 3% Malbec. Far and away the more polished of the two showcase bottlings from Phelps, this year's Insignia is simply bursting with well-extracted curranty fruit and is, from its first sniff through to its very long finish, a luxuriant wine that is layered with gorgeous oak. It claims different territory than its sturdier partner below, and it achieves a real sense of elegance without sacrificing richness or size. It is so finely balanced that it almost tempts drinking now, but its...