Joseph Phelps Insignia 1995
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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The 1995 Insignia has intense aromas of black cherry, spice, coffee and toasty oak, with well-defined flavors of mocha and blackberry fruit. It is framed by solid tannins, and has a long, lush finish with no bitterness or astringency on the palate. Compared to the 1994 Insignia, the 1995 blend is equally well balanced but not yet quite as forward, with greater structure and depth due to the nature of the tannins extracted from the '95 vintage. It may well prove to be the longer-lived wine.
"A wine of great intensity and richness, it displays classic notes of licorice, barbecue smoke, creme de cassis, cedarwood and forest floor. Full-bodied with sensational purity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a long, voluptuous finish with no hard edges, it has only reached mid-adolescence, and has at least two decades of life ahead of it."
The Wine Advocate
"Very Bordeaux-like in its complex cedar, currant and anise aromas. Firm, concentrated and still quite tannic, it is bold and rich, with layers of currant, plum, mineral, cedar and tobacco flavors, many of which are still in their youthful primary stage."
"Very saturated ruby-red. Perfumed, altogether finer aromas of black fruits, violet, licorice and toffee; whiff of animal fur. Lovely, mouthfilling dark berry flavors are given shape and freshness by lively acids. Rather large structure and impressive sweetness of fruit for the vintage. Finishes quite fine and long, with lovely, even tannins. This is superb, and may ultimately equal the '94, which I rated 93 in a recent tasting."
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