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Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia

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(2002 Vintage) 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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  • Robert Parker
    (2011 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 11/21/2013
  • Wine Spectator
    (2011 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/2015
  • 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 ...