2009 Joseph Phelps - Insignia 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

A gorgeous, totally voluptuous wine, the 2009 Insignia bursts from the glass with exuberant blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, cloves and cassis. In 2009, the Insignia is silky and polished, yet there is considerable underlying tannin that needs time to soften. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly to the huge, structured finish. I imagine the 2009 Insignia will enjoy a broad drinking window. It is striking today, but also clearly has the stuffing to age for many, many years. The 2009 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.

Drink Dates: 2017-2029
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 204

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

Good deep ruby. Rich but youthfully stunted aromas of plum, currant, chocolate, licorice and mint. Then plush, fine-grained and sweet on the palate, with excellent fat and a loamy complexity to the flavors of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and graphite. This has evolved nicely since I tasted it a year ago from barrel. In a distinctly generous style but structured for a long life in bottle. Finishes with gripping, tongue-saturating tannins and terrific chocolatey length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Combines deep, ripe dark berry fruit with crushed rock, cedar and lead pencil notes. A step back in richness and complexity for Insignia, this is built for cellaring. Tannins have a green, bitter edge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: NectarLover
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/03/2013

Rating: 95
Author: Matt O
Drink Dates: 2013-2027

Rating: 94
Author: Ronn L
Trust Rating: 90
Drink Dates: 2013-2028

Rating: 92
Author: flwine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/04/2015
Drink Dates: 2014-2029
pretty purple color. great tannins. Bright cherry with a hint of dirt. not as big as some of their years.

Rating: 91
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/04/2014
Good, but didn't wow me this time. Tannic and a little closed at first. Opened up nicely during dinner. Great nose and beautiful color. Nice fruit and pleasant cedar notes.

Average rating: 93, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

817 bottles owned by 140 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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