(From 2011 Vintage) The 2011 Insignia is layered with aromatics of dark fruit, cardamom, tobacco, Herbs de Provence and graphite on the nose. Fresh and lively this elegant wine boasts bright red cherry, blackberry and espresso throughout the palate with supple tannins.
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, the 1998 Insignia reflects a new level of quality from both the vineyards and the growing regions.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines22% Merlot. It has been argued that this version of Insignia is not up to past efforts, and we have little dispute with that idea on the surface. But, one taste of this lovely, supple, rich bottling makes the strong point that Phelps has succeeded in 1998 when so many others have not. Fairly concentrated and well-fruited with scent of cherries and currants pushing forward of loamy, oaky, root beer-like nuances, the wine is wonderfully polished and rounded on the palate yet displays a background o...
Wine Spectator"A dark, deliciously rich and complex youngster, brimming with layers of currant, blackberry, plum, mineral, spice, chocolate and cedar. Finishes with a gush of flavors, yet maintains its finesse and grace. Best from 2002 through 2012. 14,000 cases made"
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