2005 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley
335 Ratings
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335 Ratings
2005 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley

Winemaker's Notes

International Wine Cellar 93

The Wine Advocate 96

Wine Spectator 92

The initial blend assembled in April of ’06 was quite reticent. Not until early ‘07 did the wine "blossom" in barrel showing amazing depth, texture and vibrant fruit qualities. Deeply colored, concent...

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International Wine Cellar 93

The Wine Advocate 96

Wine Spectator 92

The initial blend assembled in April of ’06 was quite reticent. Not until early ‘07 did the wine "blossom" in barrel showing amazing depth, texture and vibrant fruit qualities. Deeply colored, concent...

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    Smooth as silk. Able to cut thru the fattiness of bouef borgignon and add to its luxuriant flavor. Beutiful balance.

    about 1 year
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    Popped it open last night and blew the room away

    2 months
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    complex. smoky notes. very unique body style.

    about 5 years
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    WA 95 WS 92

    over 1 year
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: (91-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
  • Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator
  • Wine & Spirits
    The 2007 Insignia (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) looks to be one of the greatest wines yet produced at this historic winery. Beautiful aromas of creme de cassis and flowers jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored effort. Sweet oak is present, but it is pushed to the background by the winersquo;s extravagant wealth of fruit and full-bodied power. This is finesse and flavor authority put into a classic Napa Valley Cabernet with a seamless integration of all its component parts. Already complex and approachable, it should evolve for three decades or more, read more...but who can resist it now? It is a staggering, complex expression of Napa viticulture. Anticipated maturity: nowndash;2030. Another great success for Phelps, the 2007 and 2008 Insignias may be the best back-to-back vintages they have produced since 1995 and 1994. The 2008 has some tannins to resolve whereas the 2007 has already assimilated them.    (hide)
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    92% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Petit Verdot; 1% Merlot. This year's version of Insignia is a stunning wine that vies for very top honors of the vintage. Its utterly enveloping aromas of perfectly ripe currants, creamy oak and dried violets are followed up in the mouth with wonderfully extracted, carefully proportioned Cabernet flavors that go on and on. The wine is lush yet solidly structured with a fine sense of balance and tannin right where it should be, and, as good as the wine will be in its you...