2000 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 1.5L

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2000 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

($135; bottled the week prior to my visit; cabernet sauvignon with 18% merlot, 3% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc and 1% malbec) Good bright medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose of cassis, crushed blackberry, violet, cola, cedar, mint chocolate and shoe polish, with enticing spicy high tones. Sweet and lush but penetrating, with lovely vinosity giving shape to the black fruit and mineral flavors. Surprisingly expressive in the middle palate but finishes with youthfully tough, molar-coating tannins that will require at least four or five years of bottle aging.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Wine Advocate | 91

The 2000 Insignia (20,000 cases) is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. A strong effort for the vintage, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a powerful nose of licorice, espresso roast, and black currants, medium to full body, a lush mid-palate, and a sweet, concentrated finish with no hard edges. It is a forward, precocious Insignia to enjoy over the next ten years.

The bulk of the fruit for the Insignia cuvee comes from vineyards on Manley Lane as well as the Stags Leap area. All the Petit Verdot and Malbec utilized is from the vineyard adjacent to the winery. The Insignia cuvee has been one of Napa's great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines since its inception in 1974. In the eighties, this offering seemed to fall off a bit, but it was phenomenal in the seventies, and most of those vintages are still alive. Moreover, it has been absolutely brilliant since 1991. Remarkably,18,000-20,000 cases of this wine are produced in top vintages.

Drink Dates: 2003-2013
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Wine Spectator | 92

Deftly balanced, with dark color and rich fruit. Elegant, with tiers of currant, mocha, blackberry and espresso bean. Firms up at midpalate and flexes its tannic strength on the finish. Best to cellar a year or two. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. 15,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2012
Author: James Laube


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Score: 91
Author: G Wood
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/01/2013
Score: 94
Author: Jon S495
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/29/2013
Score: 94
Author: nadeausp
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/29/2012
Score: 92
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 08/21/2011
Last of the 2000. Sorry that it's gone. Always consistantly good.
Score: 90
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/28/2011
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
1/11 Great balance but, still lots of tannin with sufficient fruit to continue to mature.
More Vintages and Sizes of Joseph Phelps - Insignia:

2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)
2001 (1.5L)

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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