2004 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the 2004 Insignia was aged 24 months in new French oak. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as rich, full-bodied, supple tannins, abundant fruit and exciting levels of complexity and richness. This cuvee's large production makes it one of the finest quality/quantity Cabernets produced in Napa Valley. Drink it over the next two decades.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Tight and complex, with a deep, potent core of ripe currant, herb, sage and dusty berry fruit, shaded by light toasty, cedary oak. Deftly balanced, intense and concentrated, this is young and closed in now, yet you can taste the depth and richness. Tannic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: James Laube
Issue: Advance

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

($200; cabernet sauvignon with 14% merlot, 12% petit verdot and 2% minerals) Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds cassis, black cherry, lead pencil and cedar. Sweet and fat but with a firm structure and very good vinosity. There's a sappy quality to the currant, cedar and chocolate flavors. Boasts the density of the vintage's best examples but, in comparison to the Backus, the tannins hit the palate a bit earlier. The very long finish hints at cedar and graphite. I'd put this aside for a couple of years.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: GeoB
Tasted On: 08/17/2014

Rating: 96
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 05/10/2014
Wonderful wine with steak dinner. Elegant, beautiful nose. Strong notes of graphite. Second time I've had this wine and it's just a flat out winner. Just as memorable the second time around. I need more of this.

Rating: 95
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 02/13/2014
This bottle was stunning. One of my friends described it as one of the two best wines that he's had. I would not go that far, but it was Insignia at its best.

Rating: 95
Author: Roger S835
Trust Rating: 83
Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Roger and Tiff. Grace deal dead

Rating: 92
Author: Bryon
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/04/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2016
Still drinking great. Good flavor from start to finish. It is not getting better so I should try to drink another soon.

Average rating: 94, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

4595 bottles owned by 1058 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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