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1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia

  • 100 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 56214-1997

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Dense, rich and focused, youthful and concentrated, with hints of maturity on the edge of the core currant, mineral and spicy berry flavors. Wonderful vibrancy and intensity for a wine this age, which only bodes well for the future. A classic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot
    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: James Laube
    Issue: Web Only - 2008
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Full ruby. Supersweet aromas of blackberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, espresso and tobacco. Thick and seamless yet bright and sharply defined. Very long and spicy on the aftertaste, with excellent grip. Sweet tannins coat the teeth. Williams says the selection for Insignia is based on quality and concentration rather than on a particular flavor profile.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2000
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    An inky/plum/purple color is accompanied by a stunning bouquet of violets, charcoal, creme de cassis and a hint of toast. Prodigious when it hits the palate with a full-bodied expansiveness, there is not a hard edge to be found in the 1997, only velvety tannins, compelling depth and fruit intensity, and stunning purity. It is a perfect expression of Napa viticulture and wine that should continue to age effortlessly for two decades or more.
    Drink Dates: 2013 - 2033
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 1113
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    This famous wine is certainly made for the long term, which distinguishes it from many of its peers. It starts sweet if not exactly intense or smooth but by the end of the palate both tannins and acidity are quite insistent. Hold.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating:

    Author: Huayo
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Huayo
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Author: run dry
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: William J836
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Edward T707
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: sm122097
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 94

    A bit more 'mature' than I expected but multi-dimensional, balanced, soft tannins - I could drink it all evening (and did). Didn't notice that the magnum was any fresher than the 750s. A wonderful wine.
    Author: Kip S
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Beautiful, seamless mature wine. Clear, deep ruby color. Aromas of leather, tobacco, dried herbs. Some nice fruit left, but it was in the back ground. This bottle was perfectly balanced, lively, with very silky tannins- one of those wines that was so easy to drink. On the first sip I detected a bit of oak on the finish but never noticed it again after that. I think this has the structure and body to age at least 10 more years for those that like older wine, but it is drinking beautifully right now if you like a bit of fruit remaining
    Author: Front Man
  • Self | Rating: 83

    Drink Dates: 2007-2011
    Author: Jeannie L
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drinking beautifully. Dark purple. Cedar and vanilla on the nose. Asian spice and caramel on the palate. Long finish. Plenty of life left.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2020
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drinkly superbly with round full body fruit flavors and enough tanin and structure to do well for four more years.
    Drink Dates: 2020
    Author: Karl L
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Elegant, Balanced well put together wine. Still has age on it but really drank great. Red fruit, Raspberry, light Oak
    Author: Lellman2
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Excellent wine. Big, smooth, balanced flavor. As good as advertised.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating:

    excellent, bold yet smooth..
    Author: fage
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Firm tannin. med/high acidity. Aged well, still have several years left . Good but not spectacular.
    Author: Scott R770
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Nice wine, but it followed a bottle of 2003 Harlan Estate, and did not hold up. Hard to say just how good this would have been on it's own. Rating is just a stab in the dark.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating:

    Not everyone's favorite
    Author: David C1961
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Still going strong. Not Insignia's best vintage, but fruit and finish are still there. I would think another three years.
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Still has loads of fruit, could have used even more time in the cellar.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2017
    Author: Larry H
  • Self | Rating: 95

    still young, really opens up after 30 minutes great wine
    Author: Steve G114
  • Self | Rating: 94

    this is a big classic Napa cab drinking in perfect balance with plenty of legs for years to go.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: dozman3
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Very good tasted during the 2009 Insignia tasting.
    Author: rsmfranco
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Very solid Napa red but the finish was weaker than expected. Also concerned because the QPR is just not there. Definitely willing to drink this as a gift but I wouldn't spend the money on it again myself.
    Author: WineStorm
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

  • 6003 bottles owned
  • 910 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 910 collectors)