1979 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley
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336 Ratings
1979 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2001 Vintage) With complex aromas of black cherry, plum, chocolate, currant and toasty oak, the wine displays layers of flavor and richness that disguise its power and longevity. Beautifully crafted and balanced, Insignia reflects a new level of quality from both the vineyards and the growing regions. "A triumph. Aged nearly two years in all-new French oak, this massive wine stuns with its superb balance. Manages the elusive challenge of reining in hugely ripe black currant, cherry and oak flavors and sweet t...

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  • 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...
  • Wine Enthusiast
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  • Wine Advocate
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2001 Vintage)
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: (91-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06