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1997 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml
1997 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1997 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 90

Full ruby. Supersweet aromas of blackberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, espresso and tobacco. Thick and seamless yet bright and sharply defined. Very long and spicy on the aftertaste, with excellent grip. Sweet tannins coat the teeth. Williams says the selection for Insignia is based on quality and concentration rather than on a particular flavor profile.

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WA
96

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 132

The prodigious 1997 Insignia (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 3% Petit-Verdot) lives up to its pre-bottling promise. Tasted on three separate occasions, every bottle has hit the bull's eye. The color is a saturated thick-looking blue/purple. The nose offers up explosive aromas of jammy black fruits, licorice, Asian spices, vanillin, and cedar. Full-bodied as well as exceptionally pure and impressively endowed, this blockbuster yet surprisingly elegant wine cuts a brilliant swath across the palate. A seamless effort with beautifully integrated acidity, sweet tannin, and alcohol, it is still an infant, but can be drunk with considerable pleasure.

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WS
97

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Dense, rich and focused, youthful and concentrated, with hints of maturity on the edge of the core currant, mineral and spicy berry flavors. Wonderful vibrancy and intensity for a wine this age, which only bodes well for the future. A classic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot

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Community Reviews

100

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

Early

96

rsmfranco Tasted On: 12/24/2013

Very good tasted during the 2009 Insignia tasting.

92

Scott R770 Tasted On: 12/20/2013

Firm tannin. med/high acidity. Aged well, still have several years left . Good but not spectacular.

97

Front Man Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 10/06/2012

Beautiful, seamless mature wine. Clear, deep ruby color. Aromas of leather, tobacco, dried herbs. Some nice fruit left, but it was in the back ground. This bottle was perfectly balanced, lively, with very silky tannins- one of those wines that was so easy to drink. On the first sip I detected a bit of oak on the finish but never noticed it again after that. I think this has the structure and body to age at least 10 more years for those that like older wine, but it is drinking beautifully right now if you like a bit of fruit remaining

97

taipanli Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 09/15/2012

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