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2006 Joseph Phelps Insignia

abv 14.5%
  • 95 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 56214-2006

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($200; bottled in February '09) Good full medium bright ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napa bottling, offering cassis, bitter chocolate and roasted herbs. Then very ripe and dense but suave, showing good energy and a slightly clenched middle palate. The tannins are serious and granular, but here there's plenty of supporting mid-palate material. Still a bit awkward following the recent bottling; this may well merit a higher score three or four years down the road.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Rating:

    Blackish crimson. Very little on the nose and then a wall of tannin. Very powerful, very slick and dominating. Lots of rich cassis and sweet spices, densely thickly layered. Certainly dramatic and sophisticated and expensively made but just a little overwhelming for me and then that heat on the finish... (TC)
    Author: Tamlyn Currin
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Teasing with its floral, spicy cherry, wild berry and currant aromas, this is full-bodied, firm and structured, tight and focused, offering glimpses of what lies ahead with its complex mix of flavors and tightly wound tannins. Yet its finesse and refinement are apparent on the finish. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2006 Insignia (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot; 16,000 cases produced) is a superb effort in this vintage. Another 30+ year wine, it boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice, black currants, charcoal, black olives, and graphite. Full-bodied, pure, and rich with moderately high tannins, it represents a California version of a Bordeaux from Pauillac or St.-Julien.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    My favorite for the night at our Napa tasting event, second place for the group as a whole. Firm structure, well integrated flavor.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Author: Brenda
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Leftymtb
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: rnorberto
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2014-2016
    Author: Steve and Lizzie
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2014-2045
    Author: flwine
  • Self | Rating: 98

    exellent fresh and robust wine. Tastes like a mature Insigna
    Author: RalphTs
  • Self | Rating: 95

    The chocolate notes run throughout the wine and not a single hard edge to be found. Drinking perfectly right now it went down like water. Beautiful aromas with blueberry, mocha, and wet stones. velvet finish that was amazing.
    Author: cloudon
  • Self | Rating: 92

    This vintage was a little disappointing. Full bodied with dark berries going on, but it lacked the depth and nuanced other flavors.
    Author: Litig8tr
  • 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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2063 bottles owned
  • 384 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 384 collectors)