1996 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

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.

Drink Dates: 2001-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

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.

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Early

Rating: 90
Author: Oenodoc
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/06/2013
Drink Dates:
Still drinking wonderfully but I suspect starting to fade. Paired with a 1997 Insignia which was a tad better.

Rating: 91
Author: Adriel L
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/30/2009

Rating: 91
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/15/2009
Drink Dates: 2000-2008
Aroma was weaker than expected. Good flavor but not great. Maybe past its prime.

Rating: 90
Author: Clifton C322
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/20/2009
Excellent, smooth, light smoke and fruits

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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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