2007 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml

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2007 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 150

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Wine Advocate | 98

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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 192

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Wine Spectator | 96

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.

Drink Dates: 2013-2025
Author: James Laube


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Score: 91
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
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.
Score: 100
Author: tommy
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/29/2013
Score: 98
Author: NectarLover
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/03/2013
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Author: elee1388
Tasted On: 04/21/2013
Sold via KL Wines
Score: 96
Author: 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.
More Vintages and Sizes of Joseph Phelps - Insignia:

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