361 Ratings
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley
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Winemaker's Notes

The 1995 Insignia has intense aromas of black cherry, spice, coffee and toasty oak, with well-defined flavors of mocha and blackberry fruit. It is framed by solid tannins, and has a long, lush finish with no bitterness or astringency on the palate. Compared to the 1994 Insignia, the 1995 blend is equally well balanced but not yet quite as forward, with greater structure and depth due to the nature of the tannins extracted from the '95 vintage. It may well prove to be the longer-lived wine.

Expert Reviews
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  • 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 2002 Vintage) 78% Cabernet Sauvignon; 14% Merlot; 7% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. Once again showing the extraordinary combination of polish, fruity depth and wonderfully rich oak that is particular to the very best of the Insignia lineup, this concentrated, intensely aromatic wine comes up long on character and style. Its evident ripeness is manifest in a touch of last-minute heat, but its fleshy feel, superb balance and neatly fit tannin bring it a peerless sense of refinement that will tease us all long before ...
  • 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