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1996 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml
1996 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 84

Good deep ruby. Rich aromas of dusty black cherry, chocolate and cedar; slight suggestion of crystallized fruit. Fairly full in the mouth, with sweet flavors of plum and cedar. Substantial chewy tannins come late on the palate. Not as complex or fine as the '95 Insignia, but another very good vintage for this bottling.

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WA
92

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 126

The 1996 Insignia (83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot) exhibits a dark purple color in addition to an elegant nose of cedar wood, fruitcake, coffee, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, with a firm underpinning of tannin, classic black currant flavors, and a long finish, this effort is impressive, but tight and narrowly-constructed.

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WS
93

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube Issue: Web

Fresh, with herbal dill and currant aromas, this is fresh and concentrated on the palate. Intense, with vivid currant, anise, herb and cedar notes. Ends with a complex aftertaste, firm tannins and good structure. The best of five bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.

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Community Reviews

95

marv Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Early

90

Oenodoc Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 11/06/2013 Drink Dates:

Still drinking wonderfully but I suspect starting to fade. Paired with a 1997 Insignia which was a tad better.

91

Adriel L Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 10/30/2009

91

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 02/15/2009 Drink Dates: 2000-2008

Aroma was weaker than expected. Good flavor but not great. Maybe past its prime.

90

Clifton C322 Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 01/20/2009

Excellent, smooth, light smoke and fruits

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