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2012 Joseph Phelps Insignia

  • 96 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 56214-2012

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (based on 75% cabernet sauvignon): Deep medium ruby. Multifaceted aromas of blackberry syrup, musky tobacco, game, chocolate and coffee are lifted by exotic flowers. Silky and seamless but at the same time vibrant and sharply delineated, with intense blue and black fruit flavors leavened by terrific floral grip. Finishes with serious, building tannins and outstanding energy and length. Very strong potential here.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

    Amazing aromas of blueberry, blackberry, mineral and bark. Complex nose. Full body plus super integrated tannins with superb balance and depth. Coffee and chocolate too. Very long and mind-bending. A tribute to the vintage. Drink or hold. A long life ahead of it. A blend of 75% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 10% petit verdot, 3% malbec, and 2% cabernet franc.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Packs a wallop, perhaps overly so, with extracted dark berry flavors and tannic muscle. The drying sensation on the finish distracts from the ripe blackberry, earth, cedar and gravel notes. Aromas of cassis, currant and blackberry offer more promise. Either way, this is built to cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The flagship wine of the estate in reds is their Insignia, which has been one of the great Bordeaux blends made in California since the debut vintage in 1974. It usually has 30+ years aging potential, even in lighter vintages, of which the 2012, 2013 and 2014 are decidedly not. The 2012 Proprietary Red Insignia, a final blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and the rest Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc all from estate vineyards, was aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. There are 15,000 cases of it, and it's a fabulous, classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky purple to the rim, with notes of lead pencil shavings, incense, camphor, blackberry and creme de cassis, the wine is full-bodied, offering a multi-layered, textural, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, terrific purity, density and richness. All of this is achieved without a sense of heaviness or anything aggressive. This is a beauty to drink now and over the next 30 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Saturated ruby. Very ripe aromas of black raspberry, musky espresso and mocha, but the 14.6% alcohol is in line with other recent vintages. Fleshy, plush and sweet, showing a distinctly wild, gamey aspect to its dark fruit and espresso flavors. This viscous, full-bodied wine is wonderfully sweet and sexy today. The big, building back end features huge, ripe, dusty tannins that coat the front teeth. Will it shut down in the bottle? Certainly, the 2012 will rely more on its tannins than on its acidity for longevity. - Stephen Tanzer
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: LenF
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2012-2037
    Author: Steve and Lizzie
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Just wow. What a remarkable wine - everything I hoped it would be. Opened this early due to concerns about overheating during transit and it seemed to have only moved along its aging to a place where you have wine singing with character, rich red currants, blackberries and ripe cherries, with gorgeous vanilla & oak, so full bodied, can stand up to nearly anything with its impeccable structure. Can't wait for the next bottle, so hedonistic.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2040
    Author: Rossboss
  • Self | Rating: 96

    The most well balanced wine I have seen in a while. It's all there. Full bodied, yet not overly extracted. Dark fruit, toasty oak and smooth tannins all blend together seamlessly. Very well done.
    Author: Litig8tr
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

  • 2725 bottles owned
  • 276 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 276 collectors)