1995 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The 1995 Insignia may be slightly better than the 1994 - as hard as that is to believe. The final blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. The 1995 exhibits a character similar to the 1994 - cassis, fruitcake, cedar, herbs, coffee, and black fruits intermixed with smoke - but the 1995 is slightly longer in the mouth. It is a wine of extraordinary extraction, full body, and marvelously pure fruit. Moreover, it has managed to soak up the 100% new oak aging, leaving only subtle pain grille notes. The tannin may be slightly more noticeable in the 1994, but my instincts suggest the 1995 is even richer and longer than the 1994 - as amazing as that sounds. This prodigious Insignia should be at its best over the next 20-25 years.

Drink Dates: 1998-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 120

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Deep ruby-red. Exhilarating, vibrant aromas of cassis, minerals, cocoa powder and brown spices. Juicy, very intensely flavored and sharply delineated; offers lovely restrained sweetness and great finesse. Complex and light on its feet. Finishes bright and fine, with firm tannins and strong dark berry, tobacco and woodsmoke flavors. Remarkably subtle oak. Even better than it showed last winter.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 81

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Very Bordeaux-like in its complex cedar, currant and anise aromas. Firm, concentrated and still quite tannic, it is bold and rich, with layers of currant, plum, mineral, cedar and tobacco flavors, many of which are still in their youthful primary stage. While it is certainly approachable (best decanted) it appears to have the concentration and stuffing to go another decade. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Verdot.--1995 California Cabernet retrospective. 10,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Rating: 97
Author: Jlc1283
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/07/2012

Rating: 96
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
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.

Rating: 94
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 97
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

Rating: 92
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
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.

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

146 bottles owned by 86 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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