1997 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml

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1997 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 94

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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Advocate | 96

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.

Drink Dates: 2000-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 97

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

Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Author: James Laube


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Score: 100
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Early
Score: 96
Author: rsmfranco
Tasted On: 12/24/2013
Very good tasted during the 2009 Insignia tasting.
Score: 92
Author: Scott R770
Tasted On: 12/20/2013
Firm tannin. med/high acidity. Aged well, still have several years left . Good but not spectacular.
Score: 97
Author: 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
Score: 97
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/15/2012
More Vintages and Sizes of Joseph Phelps - Insignia:

2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2008 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)

About This Producer


Since its founding in 1972, Joseph Phelps Vineyards has been on the cutting edge of many California wine developments. From the Bordeaux-blend Insignia, first made in 1974 and Wine Spectator's wine of the year for the 2002 vintage; to the resurrection of California Syrah, also first produced in 1974, the winery has earned critical acclaim for its many estate-grown wines.

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