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2009 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 1.5L
2009 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2009 Joseph Phelps - Insignia
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 162

Good deep ruby. Rich but youthfully stunted aromas of plum, currant, chocolate, licorice and mint. Then plush, fine-grained and sweet on the palate, with excellent fat and a loamy complexity to the flavors of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and graphite. This has evolved nicely since I tasted it a year ago from barrel. In a distinctly generous style but structured for a long life in bottle. Finishes with gripping, tongue-saturating tannins and terrific chocolatey length.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni Issue: 204

A gorgeous, totally voluptuous wine, the 2009 Insignia bursts from the glass with exuberant blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, cloves and cassis. In 2009, the Insignia is silky and polished, yet there is considerable underlying tannin that needs time to soften. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly to the huge, structured finish. I imagine the 2009 Insignia will enjoy a broad drinking window. It is striking today, but also clearly has the stuffing to age for many, many years. The 2009 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.

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WS
91

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Combines deep, ripe dark berry fruit with crushed rock, cedar and lead pencil notes. A step back in richness and complexity for Insignia, this is built for cellaring. Tannins have a green, bitter edge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

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Community Reviews

flwine Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 08/07/2014 Drink Dates: 2013-2025

91

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 04/04/2014

Good, but didn't wow me this time. Tannic and a little closed at first. Opened up nicely during dinner. Great nose and beautiful color. Nice fruit and pleasant cedar notes.

98

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

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