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2006 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml
2006 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2006 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
90(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 144

($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.

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WA
95+

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 186

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.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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.

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Community Reviews

95

rnorberto Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 02/17/2014

92

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.

93

Ronn L Trust Rating: 89 Tasted On: 08/06/2013 Drink Dates:

93

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 01/16/2013

The Insignia showed very well at our Napa and Bordeaux tasting event. Classic Insignia taste, structure and plushness. My favorite for the night, a close second place for the group as a whole.

flwine Trust Rating: 81 Tasted On: 01/06/2013 Drink Dates: 2014-2045

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