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2007 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml
2007 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2007 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 150

($200; bottled three weeks prior to my visit) Bright ruby. Claret-like nose offers cassis, minerals, bitter chocolate and strong soil tones. Densely packed and quite tight today, in a classically dry style. But there's also superb sex appeal and excellent energy to the flavors of plum, currant, licorice, bitter chocolate and spices. Most impressive today on the long, chocolatey aftertaste.

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WA
98

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 192

The 2007 Insignia (a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) looks to be one of the greatest wines yet produced at this historic winery. Beautiful aromas of creme de cassis and flowers jump from the glass of this dense purple-colored effort. Sweet oak is present, but it is pushed to the background by the wine's extravagant wealth of fruit and full-bodied power. This is finesse and flavor authority put into a classic Napa Valley Cabernet with a seamless integration of all its component parts. Already complex and approachable, it should evolve for three decades or more, but who can resist it now? It is a staggering, complex expression of Napa viticulture.

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WS
96

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Firm, intense and concentrated, massive yet well-proportioned, with a dense, focused core of graphite, dried currant, blackberry, black tea, forest floor and blueberry flavors. Full-blown, finishing with rich, layered tannins that beg for cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

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Community Reviews

91

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 05/22/2014

I found it a little thin with fading fruit -- disappointing from one of my favorite wines. It was the favorite of a plurality of our group at our (blind) 2007 Napa retrospective, though.

100

tommy Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 12/29/2013

98

NectarLover Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 11/03/2013

elee1388 Tasted On: 04/21/2013

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96

Litig8tr Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 08/06/2011

Tasted and bought this wine at the winery. Had it tonight with dinner. Almost black in color. Aromas of blackberries, plum and coffee. Very opulent and dense. Finishes with dusty tannins that are very well integrated and not at all harsh. This is a fine wine, but is overpriced.

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