Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley
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345 Ratings
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley

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.

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.

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    97 points Robert Parker: "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 produced since 1995 and 1994. The 2008 has some tannins to resolve whereas the 2007 has already assimilated them. It appears the 2008 will require 2-3 years of bottle age, but should last for three decades." (12/10)

    almost 3 years
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    My favorite red wine. Big and bold and full of dark fruit and spice.

    10 months
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    Bright fruits and so balanced. So good!

    over 1 year
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    Berries and chocolate Long finish

    almost 3 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/05/2011
  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/16/2011
  • Robert Parker
    "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 ...