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Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley
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Winemaker's Notes

Grapes from each vineyard are vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, in contact with the skins, over an average period of 21 days. After malolactic fermentation, the blend is assembled within six month of harvest and aged approximately two years in new French oak barrels. The wine is then given a light filtration before bottling.

The opaque, inky color of the 2006 Insignia is followed by concentrated aromatics of lush black fruit, graphite, coffee, dark cocoa powder, licorice, and cola syrup. The dense flavors and balanced tannins integrate beautifully for a long, layered finish.

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    "The 2006 Insignia (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot; 16,000 cases produced) is a superb effort in this vintage. Another 30+ year wine, it boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice, black currants, charcoal, black olives, and graphite. Full-bodied, pure and rich with moderately high tannins, it represents a California version of a Bordeaux from Pauillac or St. Julien. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2045. In case you think the aging curves I have described are unrealistically long, I have the Joseph Phelps regular Cabernets from the mid-seventies as well as the Insignias in my cellar, and those wines are still drinking beautifully at 30 years of age. Today’s wines are better made."

    over 5 years
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    deeply colored intense and layered anticipated maturity 2014 - 2045 awesome

    almost 5 years
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    I had this at the tasting at Joseph Phelps Winery, Aug2010. Love it!!

    about 5 years
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    vow largo tostado con toques a cafe buenos taninos

    over 4 years
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    wine tasting Jan 2011 seminar,

    about 5 years
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    WS 94 WA 95-97

    almost 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 95+/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/01/2009
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/2009