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2000 Joseph Phelps Insignia

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

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SKU: 56214-2000

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($135; bottled the week prior to my visit; cabernet sauvignon with 18% merlot, 3% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc and 1% malbec) Good bright medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose of cassis, crushed blackberry, violet, cola, cedar, mint chocolate and shoe polish, with enticing spicy high tones. Sweet and lush but penetrating, with lovely vinosity giving shape to the black fruit and mineral flavors. Surprisingly expressive in the middle palate but finishes with youthfully tough, molar-coating tannins that will require at least four or five years of bottle aging.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Deftly balanced, with dark color and rich fruit. Elegant, with tiers of currant, mocha, blackberry and espresso bean. Firms up at midpalate and flexes its tannic strength on the finish. Best to cellar a year or two. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. 15,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 2000 Insignia (20,000 cases) is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. A strong effort for the vintage, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a powerful nose of licorice, espresso roast, and black currants, medium to full body, a lush mid-palate, and a sweet, concentrated finish with no hard edges. It is a forward, precocious Insignia to enjoy over the next ten years.

    The bulk of the fruit for the Insignia cuvee comes from vineyards on Manley Lane as well as the Stags Leap area. All the Petit Verdot and Malbec utilized is from the vineyard adjacent to the winery. The Insignia cuvee has been one of Napa's great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines since its inception in 1974. In the eighties, this offering seemed to fall off a bit, but it was phenomenal in the seventies, and most of those vintages are still alive. Moreover, it has been absolutely brilliant since 1991. Remarkably,18,000-20,000 cases of this wine are produced in top vintages.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: G Wood
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Jon S495
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: nadeausp
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Weonseok K134
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: sm122097
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2006-2014
    Author: Jito72
  • Self | Rating: 90

    1/11 Great balance but, still lots of tannin with sufficient fruit to continue to mature.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: Charles M71
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    Author: KS
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Last of the 2000. Sorry that it's gone. Always consistantly good.
    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 94

    My second bottle of the 2000 was really excellent. Smooth, balanced, no aggressive tannins. I'm always amazed that, even as the blend changes each year, Insignia is always identifiably distinctive. I guess that is what terroir means...
    Drink Dates: 2008-2010
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Notes of raspberry and blackberry jam along with hints of violets. This inky purple full bodied beauty is a mouthful of fruit that lasts for a minute. Well integrated tannins make this wine a soft and voluptuous baby that is just coming into its own. This should drink nicely for another 10 years.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 89

    This one not as good as last month. Seems much older and past it's prime. Still a nice bottle but wouldn't buy one today at current market value.
    Author: Steven H695
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

  • 1903 bottles owned
  • 446 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 446 collectors)