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1996 Joseph Phelps Insignia

  • 92 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 56214-1996

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Fresh, with herbal dill and currant aromas, this is fresh and concentrated on the palate. Intense, with vivid currant, anise, herb and cedar notes. Ends with a complex aftertaste, firm tannins and good structure. The best of five bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Good deep ruby. Rich aromas of dusty black cherry, chocolate and cedar; slight suggestion of crystallized fruit. Fairly full in the mouth, with sweet flavors of plum and cedar. Substantial chewy tannins come late on the palate. Not as complex or fine as the '95 Insignia, but another very good vintage for this bottling.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1999
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 1996 Insignia (83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot) exhibits a dark purple color in addition to an elegant nose of cedar wood, fruitcake, coffee, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, with a firm underpinning of tannin, classic black currant flavors, and a long finish, this effort is impressive, but tight and narrowly-constructed.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Absolutely stunning, classic Insignia. Still drinking very well and I suspect could go longer but cannot imagine it drinking any better. Still with some youth, ripe fruit and tannins. Tasted against a magnum of the 2001 Insignia which was also drinking very well but the 96 was preferred by the majority of our group.
    Author: Oenodoc
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Aroma was weaker than expected. Good flavor but not great. Maybe past its prime.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2008
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Excellent, smooth, light smoke and fruits
    Author: Clifton C322
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Still a youthful wine with just the right touch of age. Like a man with just the right amount of grey at the temples or a woman with the prettiest smile lines around her eyes. Bright red in color, no trace of brick. Medium bodied with a fragrant, spiced nose. 30 second finish. Lovely.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2022
    Author: Brewcreu
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1274 bottles owned
  • 290 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 290 collectors)