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2000 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 1.5L
2000 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2000 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
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International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 108

($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.

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WA
91

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 150

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.

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WS
92

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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.

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Community Reviews

91

G Wood Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 12/01/2013

94

Jon S495 Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 08/29/2013

94

nadeausp Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/29/2012

92

Billy the Kid Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 08/21/2011

Last of the 2000. Sorry that it's gone. Always consistantly good.

90

Charles M71 Trust Rating: 97 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.

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