2006 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml

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2006 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 90(+?)

($200; bottled in February '09) Good full medium bright ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napa bottling, offering cassis, bitter chocolate and roasted herbs. Then very ripe and dense but suave, showing good energy and a slightly clenched middle palate. The tannins are serious and granular, but here there's plenty of supporting mid-palate material. Still a bit awkward following the recent bottling; this may well merit a higher score three or four years down the road.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Wine Advocate | 95+

The 2006 Insignia (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot; 16,000 cases produced) is a superb effort in this vintage. Another 30+ year wine, it boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice, black currants, charcoal, black olives, and graphite. Full-bodied, pure, and rich with moderately high tannins, it represents a California version of a Bordeaux from Pauillac or St.-Julien.

Drink Dates: 2014-2045
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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Wine Spectator | 94

Teasing with its floral, spicy cherry, wild berry and currant aromas, this is full-bodied, firm and structured, tight and focused, offering glimpses of what lies ahead with its complex mix of flavors and tightly wound tannins. Yet its finesse and refinement are apparent on the finish. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Author: James Laube


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Score: 98
Author: RalphTs
Tasted On: 11/25/2014
exellent fresh and robust wine. Tastes like a mature Insigna
Score: 93
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/17/2014
My favorite for the night at our Napa tasting event, second place for the group as a whole. Firm structure, well integrated flavor.
Score: 94
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 10/08/2014
Drink Dates:
Score: 95
Author: rnorberto
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/17/2014
Score: 92
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/13/2013
This vintage was a little disappointing. Full bodied with dark berries going on, but it lacked the depth and nuanced other flavors.
More Vintages and Sizes of Joseph Phelps - Insignia:

2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2008 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)

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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