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2003 Joseph Phelps Insignia

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.4%
  • 97 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56214-2003

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$160.00

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    Joseph Phelps has been an iconic producer of great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for over three decades. That fact jumped out at me when I looked at the 2003 Insignia (30th Anniversary), and I remember them all - with good reason. The 2003, a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 3% Malbec, aged 24 months in 100% new French oak, is a stunner. Velvety-textured, full-bodied and opulent with abundant notes of creme de cassis, licorice, incense, flowers and subtle background oak, this rich, impeccably pure, well-balanced Cabernet is just about everything you would want in a world-class red. Drinking well already, it should continue to provide immense pleasure for another 20-25 years. Keep in mind that I once predicted that their 1974 Insignia (the debut vintage) would not last past ten years. I gave it a great review and told readers to drink it up. Well, it-s still drinking well at age 39! The 2003 is a staggeringly great Insignia that is performing better now than it did early on - always a sign of great winemaking.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($175; a blend of 84% cabernet sauvignon, 10% petit verdot, 3% merlot and 3% malbec) Full ruby-red. Slightly jammy aromas of blackberry, mocha and dark chocolate. Not especially dense or fleshy but has an attractive juicy quality and good life. Dominated by a flavor of black raspberry. Finishes with big, firm, rather fine tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Supple, polished and harmonious, though not in the class of the 2002. Nonetheless, delivers a complex range of rich currant, berry and cherry fruit, cedary oak, hints of anise and sage, and a persistent, lingering finish. Mildly tannic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. 12,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Author: Rick H.
  • Self | Rating: 5

    Author: tommy
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Bud2123
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Smooth, thick texture with purple fruits, some spice, hint of fennel and no abrasive tannins after inaugurating a beautiful new Reidel decanter for 90 minutes (anniversary gift from my wife). Very good with food but tasted slightly cooked and port-like on its own.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Red Sox Fan
  • Self | Rating: 92

    The ?03 vintage produced a bit more elegant, streamlined version of the flagship wine for Phelps, especially in relation to the ?02 and ?04 blockbuster bookends of the wine. Lifted, classic notes of lead pencil shavings, dried flowers, cassis, cocoa and black currant arise from the glass in a classy, if unadorned fashion. The wine is medium bodied, layered and moderately dense in the mouth, w/ well proportioned earthy elements intermingling nicely within the flavors of high class toast. While she may tack on a bit more weight in the cellar, this vintage appears to be a leaner, more elegant rendition of Insignia that should be slated for earlier consumption
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating:

    very good!
    Author: Michael N594
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

  • 2496 bottles owned
  • 492 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 492 collectors)