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2009 Joseph Phelps Insignia

  • 95 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 56214-2009

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    A gorgeous, totally voluptuous wine, the 2009 Insignia bursts from the glass with exuberant blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, cloves and cassis. In 2009, the Insignia is silky and polished, yet there is considerable underlying tannin that needs time to soften. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly to the huge, structured finish. I imagine the 2009 Insignia will enjoy a broad drinking window. It is striking today, but also clearly has the stuffing to age for many, many years. The 2009 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Combines deep, ripe dark berry fruit with crushed rock, cedar and lead pencil notes. A step back in richness and complexity for Insignia, this is built for cellaring. Tannins have a green, bitter edge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Good deep ruby. Rich but youthfully stunted aromas of plum, currant, chocolate, licorice and mint. Then plush, fine-grained and sweet on the palate, with excellent fat and a loamy complexity to the flavors of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and graphite. This has evolved nicely since I tasted it a year ago from barrel. In a distinctly generous style but structured for a long life in bottle. Finishes with gripping, tongue-saturating tannins and terrific chocolatey length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Self | Rating:

    Author: Gurgone Jor
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2013-2027
    Author: Matt O
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2013-2028
    Author: Ronn L
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: NectarLover
  • Self | Rating: 92

    pretty purple color. great tannins. Bright cherry with a hint of dirt. not as big as some of their years.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2029
    Author: flwine
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Still very tannic, not as fruit forward as some. Maybe (hopefully) in a dumb phase now, seemed out of balance. Pretty good wine, but not for Insignia.
    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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1420 bottles owned
  • 211 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 211 collectors)