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1985 Joseph Phelps Insignia

  • 93 WA
  • 93 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 56214-1985-750

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  • Rating: 93

    The 1985 Insignia is close to full maturity, exhibiting an exotic, mint/eucalyptus nose that recalls a Heitz Martha's Vineyard. Rich, with supple, full-bodied flavors, wonderfully sweet, ripe fruit, an unctuous texture, and a heady, rich, complex finish, this exceptional, distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon is capable of drinking well for 12-15+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 93

    Extremely herbal and earthy, very rich, supple and almost unctuous, but loaded with olive, spice, currant and plum flavors. Long and complex, but so distinctive that not everyone will love it. 4,700 cases made.
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Deep purple with little sign of age. Fascinating complex nose of spice, currant and a little eucalyptus. Perfect balance, fully developed tannins and fruit. Complex and elegant developing in the glass showing plums and spice with mint coming on with time. Lingering complexity in the aftertaste. The wine was in perfect condition with no ullage and a pristine cork. In my cellar since release.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Walter Z
  • Self | Rating: 90

    When I first started collecting, 1985s from California were just being released and were heavily touted by wineries and the wine press as a superlative vintage. Despite these accolades, 1985s have disappointed me time and again. Luckily the 1985 Insignia is one of the good ones. It is still deeply colored with just a slight loss of pigmentation at the rim. A developed bouquet of rubber bands, spice, sandalwood, bologna, light mint, and muted cherry. Still blessed with lively acidity and decent levels of fruit concentration. In the finish, tannins linger and are drying - a trait of 1985. Overall, the wine remains a little chunky with heavy tannins and it is doubtful that further aging will allow them to resolve any more. 60% Cabernet; 25% Merlot; 15% Franc. Tasted from magnum.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2009
    Author: Daniel B
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 342 bottles owned
  • 89 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 89 collectors)