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1996 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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Score
92
WS 93
WA 92
IWC 92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2000-2008 WA: 2001-2020 WS: 2007-2010
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IWC 92
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 84

Good deep ruby. Rich aromas of dusty black cherry, chocolate and cedar; slight suggestion of crystallized fruit. Fairly full in the mouth, with sweet flavors of plum and cedar. Substantial chewy tannins come late on the palate. Not as complex or fine as the '95 Insignia, but another very good vintage for this bottling.

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WA 92
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 126
Drink Dates 2001-2020

The 1996 Insignia (83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot) exhibits a dark purple color in addition to an elegant nose of cedar wood, fruitcake, coffee, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, with a firm underpinning of tannin, classic black currant flavors, and a long finish, this effort is impressive, but tight and narrowly-constructed.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Issue Web
Drink Dates 2007-2010

Fresh, with herbal dill and currant aromas, this is fresh and concentrated on the palate. Intense, with vivid currant, anise, herb and cedar notes. Ends with a complex aftertaste, firm tannins and good structure. The best of five bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.

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Author Oenodoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.413%
Tasted On 12/18/2015
Drink Dates

Absolutely stunning, classic Insignia. Still drinking very well and I suspect could go longer but cannot imagine it drinking any better. Still with some youth, ripe fruit and tannins. Tasted against a magnum of the 2001 Insignia which was also drinking very well but the 96 was preferred by the majority of our group.

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

Early

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Author Adriel L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.703%
Tasted On 10/30/2009
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Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.434%
Tasted On 02/15/2009
Drink Dates 2000-2008

Aroma was weaker than expected. Good flavor but not great. Maybe past its prime.

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Author Clifton C322
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 01/20/2009

Excellent, smooth, light smoke and fruits

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