Joseph Phelps Insignia 2006
Joseph Phelps Insignia 2006
from Napa Valley, California
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
The 2002 vintage of this wine was ranked #1 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2005
Deeply colored, concentrated and layered, with floral, anise, black cherry and graphite aromas, this wine is classically structured with excellent acidity, well-balanced tannins and a mouth-staining, persistent finish.
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot sourced estate-owned vineyards in Rutherford (30%), South Napa (22%), the St. Helena home ranch (17%), and Stag's Leap District (Barboza Vineyard, 17% and Las Rocas Vineyard, 14%).
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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.
The Wine Advocate
"Already amazingly seductive with wonderfully rich aromas of sweet oak, cocoa and fully expressed fruit making a first-rate introduction, this riveting young wine in no way lets up on the palate and delivers deep, multi-faceted flavors that combine ripeness, sweet oak and very precise fruit in near-perfect proportion. As is often the case with Insignia bottlings, it is so beautifully balanced that it invites early drinking, and, while we do not condemn giving in to its charms, we also would lobby strongly for patience as its best lies years down the line."
"Teasing with its floral, spicy cherry, wild berry and currant aromas, this is full-bodied, firm and structured, tight and focused, offering glimpses of what lies ahead with its complex mix of flavors and tightly wound tannins. Yet its finesse and refinement are apparent on the finish. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot."
"This is so strong and fruity, so oaky, so tannic, it just overwhelms the palate in its extreme youth. Just massive in blackberries, black currants, coffee, cocoa, dried herbs and 100% new, smoky-sweet French oak."
The top 3 most liked reviews for this wine.
This wine does not disappoint! The professional wine rates got this beautiful cab right when they gave it such high marks! Whether you decant this Cab for a special occasion or set it aside for drinking years from now I think you will find this wine does not disappoint so treat yourself to this amazing bottle of wine.
Big & Bold
This is one of my benchmark California reds. Consistently good year upon year, I measure virtually every other California red against this standard. Oustanding quality!
All I can say is Wow. Showing off its Howell Mountain characteristics, layers of fruit and mouthfilling boldness. Finish goes on and on. Outstanding effort. Everything about this wine was simply the most powerful Cab blend ever, but at the same time, is so wonderfully balanced with multi-layers of fruit and flavors. You will not be disappointed when picking up this Big & Bold wine. Awesome!
Big & Bold
- East Wenatchee, WA (read all my reviews
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