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2005 Joseph Phelps Insignia

abv 14.5%
  • 96 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56214-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($200; 92% cabernet sauvignon with 7% petit verdot and 1% merlot; bottled the month before my visit) Bright ruby-red. Highly complex nose melds currant, black licorice, lead pencil, mocha, bitter chocolate and fresh herbs. Deep and sweet in the middle, with juicy acidity giving shape to the concentrated, silky flavors of cassis and dark chocolate. This, too, is downright Bordeaux-like. Finishes with broad, lush tannins and excellent length. This has fleshed out nicely since I tasted it from barrel a year ago but should still be kept for a minimum of five or six years.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    ÿ92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot.ÿVery very tight, wilfully obscure fruit flavours. Very enigmatic - you are willing it to express more on the nose than it does. Sweet and pure cassis on the tongue, with posh creamy oak and a seasoned finish with round tannins and a proud depth of concentration with a lengthy finish. (RH)
    Author: Richard Hemming
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Smooth, supple and complex, offering wonderful aromas and serving up a range of herb- and mineral-laced currant, black cherry, blackberry, sage and pebble notes. Ends with a clipped edge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2005 Proprietary Red Insignia (14.5% alcohol and typically aged 24 months in new French oak) is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. Juicy, fresh and vibrant, with a dense, ruby/purple color, and a classic nose of licorice and creme de cassis as well as hints of new saddle leather and earth, the wine is a brilliant blend that after ten years shows no evidence of the 24 months it spent in new French oak. Full-bodied, opulent, but still youthful, this wine looks set for another 25-30 years of aging. The wine's best elements are its finesse and elegance allied to great richness and intensity. This wine is accessible now, as most Insignias tend to be, but much of its greatness will be revealed over the next two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Rick2002
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Nick Shea
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2018-2028
    Author: Kaya
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Amazing nose of bright cherry, blueberry, and dark cocao. Tannins present but firm and integrated. mid palate chalk, chocolate, rich red fruit, and minerals. Smooth finish that goes down like water and lingers forever. Get more
    Author: cloudon
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Great wine, Very very balanced effort, Decanted for 4 hours, lots of life to go, long velvety finish, dark dark color, scorched earth, tobacco. Awesome wine!!!
    Author: Lellman2
  • Self | Rating: 94

    My favorite of 3 Insignias we tasted ('95, '05, '08). The '05 is really in a sweet spot right now with great balance and flavor. Firm underlying structure, but no pushy tannins. Really good - sorry it was my last bottle.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Nice nose, sweet red fruit, cherry, menthol. Real nice mouth feel and tannin structure. Medium in length finish lacks, astringent.
    Author: WineRyan
  • Self | Rating: 95

    not a big nose - light spices. but the taste lingers and is awesome. Almost chewy! Chocolate and cherry, smooth tannins. Definitely worth the wait of letting it breath for 30 minutes.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2025
    Author: flwine
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Smooth s silk. Nice fruit slight oak flavors. Finish pleasant
    Drink Dates: 2013-2015
    Author: Bryon
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Still going strong; this one has a lot of life left to it. Bold and structured, with ripe fruits and well integrated tannins.
    Author: g4shay
  • Self | Rating:

    Wooden box
    Author: KK and QB Wines
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

  • 2163 bottles owned
  • 412 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 412 collectors)