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Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia

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(2003 Vintage) With the release of the 1974 Insignia, Joseph Phelps Vineyards became the first California winery to produce a blend of traditional Bordeaux varietals under a proprietary name. Thirty vintages later, Insignia has remained one of Napa Valley's most highly acclaimed and sought-after wines. Originally sourced from the best available grower fruit, since the 1990 vintage Insignia has been produced primarily from estate-owned vineyards in the Stag's Leap District and Rutherford Bench – two of the most desirable sources for Cabernet Sauvignon in the world.

84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Verdot, 3% Merlot and 3% Malbec, primarily from estate-owned vineyards in Stag's Leap, Rutherford and St. Helena (87%), with additional fruit coming from independent growers (13%).
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Expert Reviews
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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 ...