(2001 Vintage) 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...
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.
I think perfection tastes like this vintage 15 years later and no signs of deteriation
black berries, plum, cedar. what an amazing bottle of wine. would like another.
Wine Spectator(2008 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/05/2011
Robert Parker(2008 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/16/2011
Robert Parker(2008 Vintage) "The blend of the 2008 Insignia, 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, is not terribly different from the 2007. However, I suspect the production will be a lot less given the frost damage in early spring. The color is an inky/purple and the wine shows lots of cassis, blueberry, graphite and floral notes, good acidity, stunning concentration and purity, and a long finish. Another great success for Phelps, the 2007 and 2008 Insignias may be the best back-to-back vintages they have ...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(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 ...
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 11/21/2013