2006 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml

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WA 95+   WS 94   IWC 90(+?)   Collector 93
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95+

The 2006 Insignia (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot; 16,000 cases produced) is a superb effort in this vintage. Another 30+ year wine, it boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice, black currants, charcoal, black olives, and graphite. Full-bodied, pure, and rich with moderately high tannins, it represents a California version of a Bordeaux from Pauillac or St.-Julien.

Drink Dates: 2014-2045
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 186

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Teasing with its floral, spicy cherry, wild berry and currant aromas, this is full-bodied, firm and structured, tight and focused, offering glimpses of what lies ahead with its complex mix of flavors and tightly wound tannins. Yet its finesse and refinement are apparent on the finish. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($200; bottled in February '09) Good full medium bright ruby. Fresher on the nose than the Napa bottling, offering cassis, bitter chocolate and roasted herbs. Then very ripe and dense but suave, showing good energy and a slightly clenched middle palate. The tannins are serious and granular, but here there's plenty of supporting mid-palate material. Still a bit awkward following the recent bottling; this may well merit a higher score three or four years down the road.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 98
Author: RalphTs
Tasted On: 11/25/2014
exellent fresh and robust wine. Tastes like a mature Insigna

Rating: 95
Author: rnorberto
Trust Rating: 79
Tasted On: 02/17/2014

Rating: 94
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Drink Dates: 2012-2045

Rating: 93
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/17/2014
My favorite for the night at our Napa tasting event, second place for the group as a whole. Firm structure, well integrated flavor.

Rating: 91
Author: Steve and Lizzie
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/24/2015
Drink Dates: 2014-2016

Average rating: 91, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

3375 bottles owned by 796 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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