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2002 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml
2002 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2002 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
95

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 120

($150; a blend of 78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot, 7% petit verdot and 1% malbec) Ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, cedar, coffee, tobacco and bitter chocolate. Lush and smooth on entry, then dense and juicy in the middle, with intense, layered, sharply delineated dark berry and dark chocolate flavors saturating the entire palate. A powerful wine that is already quite expressive. Builds impressively on the back half, showing superb extract and a sweet finishing flavor of dark chocolate. This is consistently one of California 's very few great cabernet-based wines that is not from a single vineyard. Williams ranks this '02 with the winery's top recent vintages: 2001, 1999, 1997, 1994 and 1991.

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WA
98

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 201

The 2002 Insignia (a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) is performing even better than it did post-bottling. A cross Napa County blend of some of their finest vineyard sources, it offers a super-sweet nose of creme de cassis, charcoal, incense, cedar and forest floor, full body and silky tannins. It is one of the few Napa Cabernet Sauvignon blends that is world-class, capable of 30+ years of cellaring, and made in abundant quantities (between 8,000-15,000 cases). I remember tasting the 1974 Insignia in the late 1970's and stating that it would need to be drunk in its first 5-6 years of life. Wrong. That wine, which is now 38 years of age, is still a beauty!

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WS
96

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Rich flavors fan out, the way you hope for, coating the palate with layers of currant, fresh earth, mineral, cedar, tobacco, mocha, black licorice and espresso. The tannins are firm and the structure built for a longer haul. Very much in its infancy still at age 10, it finds that unusual bridge between dense Napa fruit and a Bordeaux build. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

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Community Reviews

96

Ronn L Trust Rating: 89 Tasted On: 08/11/2014

Decant and let sit for at least an hour. Drinking very well now. Drink over the next couple of years.

98

Brian F129 Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 08/03/2014

Absolutely fantastic. Holding up great and no signs of sowing down.

96

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 03/27/2014

Wow!! Still amazing 12 years on. This wine has a great nose, soft, sweet tannins and a classic Insignia flavor profile. Favorite at our recent tasting event.

94

Billy the Kid Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 03/03/2014

97

Walter Z Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 08/05/2013 Drink Dates: 2013-2023

Silky,refined,black fruit, elegant. Superb nose. Long finish. A fantastic wine.

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