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2001 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley
7 Ratings
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7 Ratings
2001 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley

Wine Description

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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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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    byantis

    beautiful nose. bit of must, barnyard and earth nose. very smooth wine w long finish. had a hard time nailing flavor profile. aube chocolate but couldn't pin it down. a great wine but not unforgettable. day 2. opened up more and was silkier and smoother.

    about 3 years
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    vmf

    black berries, plum, cedar. what an amazing bottle of wine. would like another.

    almost 2 years
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    Fellow Drync'er

    1999 was better but could have been due to store neglect. Will try again

    over 4 years
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    domo2000

    Lush developed still has time 5 yrs?

    over 4 years
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    Community Tasting Notes (average 93.4 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 207 notes)
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    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...