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2002 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley
9 Ratings
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9 Ratings
2002 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley

Wine Description

Wine Spectator's #1 Wine of 2005!The 2002 Insignia is full of black cherry jam and allspice aromas, with luscious notes of boysenberry, ripe plums, toasted oak and tobacco. The exceptionally elegant mouthfeel coats the palate with layer after layer of tannin, followed by a lengthy, textured finish containing sweet oak notes and a hint of blackberry.78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec primarily from estate-owned vineyards in Stag's Leap and Rutherford, with addit...

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Wine Spectator's #1 Wine of 2005!The 2002 Insignia is full of black cherry jam and allspice aromas, with luscious notes of boysenberry, ripe plums, toasted oak and tobacco. The exceptionally elegant mouthfeel coats the palate with layer after layer of tannin, followed by a lengthy, textured finish containing sweet oak notes and a hint of blackberry.78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec primarily from estate-owned vineyards in Stag's Leap and Rutherford, with addit...

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    rinnocenzi

    WS 96 WA 95 #1 WS BEST 100 2005 retrospective 2012

    almost 2 years
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    johndags

    ok now 96

    about 4 years
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  • CellarTracker Community Tasting Notes
    Community Tasting Notes (average 94.5 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 211 notes)
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    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 ...
  • Vintage Chart
    Rating for United States-California: 95 (slightly better than average year)

    Drinkability: young, aging quickly, could be good now