2003 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml

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2003 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($175; a blend of 84% cabernet sauvignon, 10% petit verdot, 3% merlot and 3% malbec) Full ruby-red. Slightly jammy aromas of blackberry, mocha and dark chocolate. Not especially dense or fleshy but has an attractive juicy quality and good life. Dominated by a flavor of black raspberry. Finishes with big, firm, rather fine tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 97+

Joseph Phelps has been an iconic producer of great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for over three decades. That fact jumped out at me when I looked at the 2003 Insignia (30th Anniversary), and I remember them all - with good reason. The 2003, a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 3% Malbec, aged 24 months in 100% new French oak, is a stunner. Velvety-textured, full-bodied and opulent with abundant notes of creme de cassis, licorice, incense, flowers and subtle background oak, this rich, impeccably pure, well-balanced Cabernet is just about everything you would want in a world-class red. Drinking well already, it should continue to provide immense pleasure for another 20-25 years. Keep in mind that I once predicted that their 1974 Insignia (the debut vintage) would not last past ten years. I gave it a great review and told readers to drink it up. Well, it-s still drinking well at age 39! The 2003 is a staggeringly great Insignia that is performing better now than it did early on - always a sign of great winemaking.

Drink Dates: 2013-2038
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 207

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Wine Spectator | 90

Supple, polished and harmonious, though not in the class of the 2002. Nonetheless, delivers a complex range of rich currant, berry and cherry fruit, cedary oak, hints of anise and sage, and a persistent, lingering finish. Mildly tannic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. 12,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2011
Author: James Laube


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Score: 100
Author: tommy
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/26/2014
Score: 94
Author: Red Sox Fan
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 05/26/2014
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Author: Michael N594
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/03/2012
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very good!
Score: 95
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 06/07/2012
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Score: 90
Author: Bud2123
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/06/2009

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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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