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2001 Joseph Phelps - Insignia

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 98 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56214-2001-1500-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($140; bottled two weeks before my visit) Saturated bright ruby. Wild aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, currant, game, espresso and licorice, with a liqueur-like sweetness. Then fat, broad and sweet, with impressively deep flavors of black raspberry, minerals and dark chocolate. Lush and large-scaled, but impressively well-balanced. The tannins are buried by fruit and mineral flavors on the very long finish.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Enticing aromas of mixed berries, mocha, cedar and tobacco. Full-bodied, focused and intense, with touches of mature flavors that turn simpler and fade on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now. 18,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Still a young wine at age 12, the 2001 Insignia exhibits a dense purple color along with a sweet bouquet of camphor, blackberries, cassis, incense and spring flowers. Full-bodied, rich and heady with sweet tannin, stunning concentration and a fabulous finish, this remarkable Insignia has 25 or more years of life ahead of it.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Austin C
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Jon S495
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Dpcisneros
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: NectarLover
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: vegas
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    Drink Dates: 2006-2020
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2006-2020
    Author: rphillips26
  • Self | Rating: 96

    |A triumph. Aged nearly two years in all-new French oak, this massive wine stuns with its superb balance. Manages the elusive challenge of reining in hugely ripe black currant, cherry and oak flavors and sweet tannins while keeping the palate impression soft and alluring, almost feminine. Just gorgeous right out of the bottle, but should develop effortlessly through the decade and beyond.| 96 Points
    Author: omar
  • Self | Rating: 93

    A few years more will improve this one.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2016
    Author: Roger S835
  • Self | Rating: 95

    a great wine still 11/2011
    Author: smith88
  • Self | Rating:

    Abolutely fabulous. Soft, whispered. Nanny Sue went ga-ga over this wine
    Author: rickgans
  • Self | Rating:

    Always one of the best.
    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating: 96

    As reported in Oeno-File Volume 2 Issue 1, the 2001 Insignia was very impressive from barrel. From bottle (in this case a magnum), this wine still meets my raised expectations. A brilliant deeply hued black cherry with lots of thick moderately pigmented legs. A bright very full nose of sweet amorphous fruit, candied plum, light spice, soy, oak, and Oreo cookies. Gorgeous sweet fruit and chocolaty oak flavors. Considerable length that ends with sweet buttery oak and red and dark fruits. Everything is big about this wine but everything is still balanced. 89% Cabernet, 8% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec (for the first time ever the Insignia does not contain any Merlot). Bottled after being aged in 100% new French oak for 22 months. Drink (for the sheer hedonism of it) now, but best to wait until 2008 to 2017 to consume.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2017
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Celebrated my parents 50th anniversary with this nice bottle. Good color and body, soft from the beginning and got even better. Nice berry and other fruit flavors from start to middle ending with a suttle oak finish. The finish was nice, not that long but delicious!
    Drink Dates: 2011-2013
    Author: Bryon
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Certainly ready to drink, tasty but far from profound.
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Early
    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Great deep color. Great smell of both cab fruit and earth but admittedly weak. Slightly dry but works very well with food. The fruit is showing very well but not overpowering. Slight taste of glycerin. Alcohol is well integrated and the wine is well integrated on the palate. Adele even commented on the richness of the wine. Very good.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2010
    Author: BillG19
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Popped and poured; drank over 3 hours. Still dark red color with now a hint of brown / orange at the rim. Mature fruit aromas and flavors with some spice ... a hint of cinnamon? Medium-bodied with moderate finish. Solid performer, though certainly not getting any better. Drink up over next few years!
    Drink Dates: 2016-2020
    Author: Todd W59
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Solid Effort! Beautiful color, Wonderful bouquet, Big fruity start but a lackluster finish.
    Author: Steven H695
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Solid ruby color all the way to the rim. Somewhat muted nose of delicate cherries and raspberry. Plush mouth feel with red fruits of every kind and leather. Medium weight. Smooth finish with no excess alchol and fine tannins.
    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Strong cassis notes with clear cedar underneath. Tannins are well integrated right now. Open up and enjoy, or wait a few years to see how it fleshes out.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2012
    Author: Rick H.
  • Self | Rating: 90

    This was big, full-bodied and juicy with well integrated tannins and acidity. Without a doubt, it's an easy-drinking, polished wine of great presence, but lacked soul and complexity. Still, I can understand why some people might like this. As for myself, in this category I think Caymus Special Selection, Rudd Jericho Canyon or Ridge Monte Bello would be a better value. Drink now through 2016.
    Drink Dates: 2006-2016
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating:

    Very balanced.
    Author: Madison Prince
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Very nice wine. Great nose and really nice flavors. A little weak on the finish. I love Insignia and this one doesn't disappoint.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
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

  • 5317 bottles owned
  • 856 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 856 collectors)