(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 2012 Vintage) The 2012 Insignia has an inky dark hue and aromas of ripe blackberries, star anise, cigarbox, clove and sweet mochanotes. Richly opulent with velvety texture and supple tannins, this full-bodied offering envelops the palate in luscious, lingeringblack plum and violets along with layers of baking spices.
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc
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...