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Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia
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Wine Description

(From 2011 Vintage) The 2011 Insignia is layered with aromatics of dark fruit, cardamom, tobacco, Herbs de Provence and graphite on the nose. Fresh and lively this elegant wine boasts bright red cherry, blackberry and espresso throughout the palate with supple tannins.

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.

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    Character, personality, depth, length, mouth feeling and truly a wine that continues to impress year after year.

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Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/15/2012
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/16/2011
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2001 Vintage) 8% Petit Verdot; 3% Malbec. Far and away the more polished of the two showcase bottlings from Phelps, this year's Insignia is simply bursting with well-extracted curranty fruit and is, from its first sniff through to its very long finish, a luxuriant wine that is layered with gorgeous oak. It claims different territory than its sturdier partner below, and it achieves a real sense of elegance without sacrificing richness or size. It is so finely balanced that it almost tempts drinking now, but its...
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 2001 Vintage)
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2001 Vintage)