Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2007


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EXPECTED JULY 2010 ---- [97-100 pts Robert Parker] The 2007 Insignia (a 13500-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot) offers a seamless introduction to this flagship cuvee. Its inky/purple color is followed by aromas of creme de cassis incense crushed rocks lead pencil shavings cedar and spice box. It possesses a massive opulent mouthfeel serious tannins and no hard edges. This stunning effort should hit its peak in 5-8 years and last 40 years. I would not be surprised to see it become the greatest Insignia to date and close in on a perfect score. In case you think the aging curves I have described are unrealistically long I have the Joseph Phelps regular Cabernets from the mid-seventies as well as the Insignias in my cellar and those wines are still drinking beautifully at 30+ years of age. Today’s wines are better made.

Reviews & Rankings

from Snooth members

  Wine Spectator: 96 points Robert Parker: 98 points Wine Enthusiast: 94 points
by Critic Ratings on 26-07-2014

  color, this wine has a nice ruby color, sexy. Nose, very complex, full of crushed black fruits, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, toasty oak, coffee beans, mocha, a hint of vanilla, black licorice, a hint of mineral aromas, and a hint of dark bitter chocolate. Midpalate, very voluptuous on the palate, dense, mouth filling, full bodied, mocha and coffee beans are vibrant, textured, dry, big and bold, a hint of sweet tobacco. Finish, this wine is well balanced, nice firm tannins, very elegant, silky, multi-layered, lingering in the mouth (50+ seconds and still feeling it), nice complexity, black fruits are still dancing on my palate. Overall, this wine is very well made, very seductive, round, classy, very new world. Bottled at 14.5%. Anticipated maturity 2016-2027. I am 94 points on this effort now. I can see it as a 95 point wine in 8+ years. Happy drinking!
by 111ImNumber1 on 23-06-2011

  I believe this wine needs time. Thought it was very well structured with a great nose. Got great flavors of cassis,lead,dark dark fruit and had a nice inky color. Will try again in 5 years!
by mprice12 on 15-04-2011

  My brother bought a bottle of this for me as a Christmas present last year. I know cellaring this bottle would have been the sensible thing to do, but after reading the rave reviews, temptation got the better of me. We had a feast of prime rib and roasted asparagus to pair with this epic wine. Big and bold, it was the most luscious wine I've had to date, even with tannins that need just a couple more years.
by topherlife on 21-02-2011

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