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2008 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml
2008 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2008 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 156

(just bottled): Full medium ruby. Black fruits, minerals, licorice, tar, menthol and sweet oak on the nose. Sweet and creamy on entry, then quite penetrating and tight in the mid-palate, showing a medicinal reserve for the vintage. A backward and rather powerful Insignia with the structure to require, and reward, considerable aging. This was a good quantity year for this flagship bottling, with about 16,000 cases produced.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 209

The 2008 Insignia, a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot that achieved 14.7% natural alcohol, is one of the more abundant vintages as there were 16,650 cases produced. Aged 24 months in new French oak, all from estate vineyards in Rutherford, St. Helena, Stags Leap and Oak Knoll, it exhibits a beautiful opaque purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of creme de cassis, incense, forest floor, spring flowers, blueberries and subtle new oak. It possesses sweet tannins and cuts a full-bodied swath across the palate. Given this cuvee's history, the 2008 should age for 30 or more years.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Dense and chewy, this is very tight and closed, but the glimpses of fruit offer tight mineral, crushed rock, graphite, dried currant, cedar and anise. Full-bodied and way too young to drink now, this needs time, but should provide years of rewarding drinking. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot.

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Community Reviews

Cellar Dweller 33 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 03/28/2014 Drink Dates: 2016-2030

94

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 03/27/2014 Drink Dates: 2015-2020

Still very tight and closed - wish we had decanted. Great Insignia flavor profile and nose. Needs air and/or time, but definitely a winner.

96

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

95

gjsantoro Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 09/04/2013

94

Anonymous Author Tasted On: 08/09/2013

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