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1999 Joseph Phelps - Insignia

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 91 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56214-1999-750-0
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (tasted just off the bottling line; a blend of 71% cabernet sauvignon, 21% cabernet franc, 6% merlot and 1% each petit verdot and malbec) Deep ruby. Roasted aromas of currant, black cherry syrup, licorice and grilled nuts. Powerful but smooth and sweet, with superb, extremely unevolved dark berry flavors and a strong mineral note of graphite. Excellent acidity contributes to the impression of intensity. Very long, mounting finish features firm tannins and lively dark berry flavors. This bottling has been consistently superb in recent years, even in the difficult 1998 vintage.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Dark, rich and intensely concentrated, with a firm, tightly wound core of currant, black cherry, mineral, anise, sage and mocha-laced oak. Well-focused, with firm acidity and firm yet supple tannins. A young blockbuster in need of cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. 15,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    There are 15,000 cases of the 1999 Insignia, a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec. The core of this offering tends to come from Rutherford-grown fruit. The saturated dense purple-colored 1999 offers a tight but promising nose of incense, spice box, black fruits, and vanilla. This elegant, stylish, and medium to full-bodied offering is made in a more French-like, finesse style than such blockbusters as 1997, 1996, 1995, and 1994. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and consume it over the following 15-18.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: JD
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2008-2013
    Author: Ed K994
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drink Dates: 2015-2020
    Author: RalphTs
  • Self | Rating: 96

    A great bottle of Insignia. Terrific nose with cinammon, vanilla, and raspberry. Nice balance of fruit and tannins and a great finish.
    Author: Oenodoc
  • Self | Rating: 94

    A very good bottle. Not as big as some of the younger Insignias can be, but nice flavors and very pleasant with food.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 93

    As before tastings, it is all finesse, stills youthful and have exquisite fruit-perfume arome. Nice finish and smooth tannins, little short on body and flavor complexity or depth.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2015
    Author: Jito72
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Deep purple color. Nice aromas of cedar & blackberry. Not as full bodied as other vintages of Insignia but very nicely balanced and elegant.
    Author: Front Man
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Early
    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Excellent length and palate presence if a touch chunky at the present time. Lots of black olive and plums in the nose.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2017
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Excellent right now. Still mostly primary color, aroma, and flavors, but starting to develop some secondary nuances. This will be a long lived Insignia, probably peaking in 5-10 years, and holding until 2030.
    Author: Krummenoehl Joshua
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Gorgeous deep red color to the rim, very minimal browning at the edges, nose of raspberries, cherries and saddle leather, big tannins long one minute finish typical of Insignia, not as flavorful on the palate as most Insignia's, perhaps getting on in years. Drink over next 2-3 years. Overall a very nice wine, drink with red meat or Swiss cheese. Not a classic wine but very pleasant.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2016
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Nice but not your typical Insignia of late. Good effort for the beginning of the Insignia wines. Deep ruby color, medium tannins, chocolate and berries.
    Drink Dates: 2003-2018
    Author: flwine
  • Self | Rating:

    outstanding in all regards. exactly what a great Napa should do.
    Author: Gregg F
  • Self | Rating: 93

    well matured tannins, smooth, full bodied
    Author: sm122097
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

  • 3519 bottles owned
  • 674 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 674 collectors)