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2004 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml
2004 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2004 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 132

($200; cabernet sauvignon with 14% merlot, 12% petit verdot and 2% minerals) Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds cassis, black cherry, lead pencil and cedar. Sweet and fat but with a firm structure and very good vinosity. There's a sappy quality to the currant, cedar and chocolate flavors. Boasts the density of the vintage's best examples but, in comparison to the Backus, the tannins hit the palate a bit earlier. The very long finish hints at cedar and graphite. I'd put this aside for a couple of years.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 174

The 2004 Insignia (the first to be 100% from the estate vineyards) is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, and the rest Malbec. I had this wine several times in Napa, and it is a beauty. A flashy, exuberant style for Phelps, with dense ruby/purple color, a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, incense, licorice, smoke, and spice, the wine has supple tannins, a flamboyant, full-bodied mouthfeel, and tremendous length. Despite its precociousness and up-front style, this wine should evolve easily for 20 or more years.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube Issue: Advance

Tight and complex, with a deep, potent core of ripe currant, herb, sage and dusty berry fruit, shaded by light toasty, cedary oak. Deftly balanced, intense and concentrated, this is young and closed in now, yet you can taste the depth and richness. Tannic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

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Community Reviews

95

Ronn L Trust Rating: 90 Tasted On: 02/13/2014

This bottle was stunning. One of my friends described it as one of the two best wines that he's had. I would not go that far, but it was Insignia at its best.

92

Bryon Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 01/04/2014 Drink Dates: 2014-2016

Still drinking great. Good flavor from start to finish. It is not getting better so I should try to drink another soon.

100

tommy Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 10/12/2013

Michael N594 Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 07/03/2012 Drink Dates:

excellent.

92

Serl Z Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 03/21/2012 Drink Dates: 2010-2022

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