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1995 Joseph Phelps - Insignia Bordeaux Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Bordeaux Blend
Producer Notes

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.
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Comm: 2007-2016

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 81
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Source Jancis Robinson
Author StuTarheel
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.486%
Tasted On 09/15/2014
Drink Dates 2014-2020

Absolutely at its peak. I decanted this and the delicious ripe fruit aromas just enveloped me while I was pouring the wine. Gorgeous ripe black cherry and black raspberry fruit enhanced by flavors of kirsch and Christmas spices. Wonderfully complex with great depth. Silky smooth tannins with a rich yet well-balanced mouthfeel. Mature yet still good freshness. A deliciously long, flavorful finish. A very special wine.

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Author marv
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.095%
Tasted On 06/25/2014


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Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.434%
Tasted On 04/24/2013

Good to very good. The fruit has died down, but still had that distinctive Insignia flavor profile. Balanced and a pleasure to drink.

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Author Jlc1283
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/07/2012
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Author taipanli
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.61%
Tasted On 10/28/2012

Typical Insignia. Balance, integration, fruit forward, classy. Less acidity and seemingly softer than the 94. Drinking very nicely but longevity may be in question. 50+8+9+19+8=94

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Author KMS
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.571%
Tasted On 12/28/2011
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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.81%
Tasted On 10/17/2011

Drinking beautifully with probably 3 more good years

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Author Billy the Kid
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.01%
Tasted On 04/19/2011

A great wine. The years have worked their magic. Had a half dozen bottles of this vintage and wish I had more.

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Author MikeA
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.554%
Tasted On 12/24/2010

Perfectly aged Napa beauty. Going strong with great fruit on the initial taste and an amazing, earthy finish. Great integration of earth, wood, and fruit. Delicious!

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Author Oenodoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.413%
Tasted On 11/21/2010
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Classic, rich Insignia although I think this wine or this bottle may have been peaking. Lots of fruit, vanilla, subtle oak, raspberry. A great bottle of wine

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 99.099%
Tasted On 09/11/2010

Clar, translucent, dark Purple color. At first, the wine whiffed of earthiness, the fruits exploded from the glass. The oak seems to have disappeared inside the fruit. Mouutfilling dark berries, cassis, and coffee flavors. Very long finish. The complexity of the wine impressed everyone. The wine still seems to have many years ahead of it.

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Author Adriel L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.703%
Tasted On 08/13/2010

Spectacular. Definitely drinking well at this time. Som at Ritz in Half Moon Bay was beside himself. Luck played a part in choosing this wine to drink tonight. I won't question that.

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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.231%
Tasted On 07/03/2010
Drink Dates 2000-2015

Delicious, plum fruit, tobacco and casis on the mid palate. Long finish. Needs plenty of air and has a long way to go.

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Author Donald Vinfolio
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Tasted On 10/10/2009
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Author Kopelman Vincellar
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Tasted On 12/25/2008


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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 05/01/2005
Drink Dates 2007-2017

A very youthful translucent dark red color. Thick legs with light to moderate pigmentation. Candied cherry, some eucalyptus, and oak scents. Tannins are drying and slightly excessive. Very good acidity and fruit concentration. A fine wine but perhaps too much of a Bordeaux pretender than a proud Californian. 90% Cabernet; 7% Merlot; 3% Petite Verdot. Tasted from magnum.

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