(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.
(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.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines71% Cabernet Sauvignon; 21% Merlot; 6% Petit Verdot; 1% Cabernet Franc; 1% Malbec. Always in the hunt for top honors in any vintage, Phelps's tete du cuvee scores big points again for its stunning impressions of fruity depth, its appointment of lovely oak and its altogether impeccable sense of balance. Full on the palate with plenty of volume and lots of essential extract, it is remarkably refined and is finished with an aftertaste of cassis, plums and vanilla that seems to go on forever. Like it...