Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.42955 ratings
9.3520 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

This is the 08 Insignia out of magnum. This drinking beautifully.

On the nose, ripe, ruby, lush fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries, cherries & creamy raspberries. Black licorice, vanilla, some fig, sweet soils, light baking spices with fresh red and very dark flowers.

On the palate, the body is near full. The tannins are beautifully rounded. It guides across the palate. So fresh and beautiful! blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries, cherries & creamy raspberries. Black licorice, vanilla, some fig, sweet soils, light baking spices, river stone, crushed rocks, cedar, with fresh red and very dark flowers. Beautiful round acidity and an elegantly polished finish.

This is the 08 Insignia out of magnum. This drinking beautifully.

On the nose, ripe, ruby, lush fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries, cherries & creamy raspberries. Black licorice, vanilla, some fig, sweet soils, light baking spices with fresh red and very dark flowers.

On the palate, the body is near full. The tannins are beautifully rounded. It guides across the palate. So fresh and beautiful! blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries, cherries & creamy raspberries. Black licorice, vanilla, some fig, sweet soils, light baking spices, river stone, crushed rocks, cedar, with fresh red and very dark flowers. Beautiful round acidity and an elegantly polished finish.

May 19th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

The 14 Insignia out of 750ml.

On the nose, very dark currant/cassis. Expresso roast, nice backing spices; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Dark spice, black tea, red florals, violets, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, dry crushed rocks, black, rich soil, volcanic minerals and some black licorice.

The body is full. Tannins are big, rounded, sticky/chewy with a dusty dry long palate set. The fruits are ripe and less dark than the nose. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, cherries, dry crushed rocks, black, rich soil, volcanic minerals, black licorice, expresso roast, backing spices; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Dark spice, black tea with bright red florals & violets. Good waterfall acidity. The structure, length, texture and balance are well executed. The finish is beautiful, floral fruits and lasts minutes.

The wine is starting to close down and should slumber for 15-20 years.

The 14 Insignia out of 750ml.

On the nose, very dark currant/cassis. Expresso roast, nice backing spices; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Dark spice, black tea, red florals, violets, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, dry crushed rocks, black, rich soil, volcanic minerals and some black licorice.

The body is full. Tannins are big, rounded, sticky/chewy with a dusty dry long palate set. The fruits are ripe and less dark than the nose. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, cherries, dry crushed rocks, black, rich soil, volcanic minerals, black licorice, expresso roast, backing spices; vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. Dark spice, black tea with bright red florals & violets. Good waterfall acidity. The structure, length, texture and balance are well executed. The finish is beautiful, floral fruits and lasts minutes.

The wine is starting to close down and should slumber for 15-20 years.

May 19th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

This is a sample of the 16 Insignia still in barrel.

On the nose, the dark fresh florals exploded. The fruits are very dark currants and well extracted. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries and blue fruits hues on the edges of the glass. Sweet tarry presence, loads of baking spices; vanilla, cinnamon, clove & nutmeg. Dark spice, black tea, pipe tobacco, dark rich soil, core of anise and fields of violets.

The body is thick and full. The wine still very fresh. The tannins big, meaty and chewy. The dark fruits are quite floral. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries with blue fruits. Sweet tarry presence, loads of baking spices; vanilla, cinnamon, clove & nutmeg. Dark spice, black tea, pipe tobacco, dark rich soil, crushed dry rocks, river stones, tough leather, cedar, core of anise with red flowers and fields of violets. Very good round acidity. The long, big, ruby, lush, well balanced finish is beautiful.

The fruit, tannins and acidity all speak to it being 95+ and a long cellar.

This is a sample of the 16 Insignia still in barrel.

On the nose, the dark fresh florals exploded. The fruits are very dark currants and well extracted. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries and blue fruits hues on the edges of the glass. Sweet tarry presence, loads of baking spices; vanilla, cinnamon, clove & nutmeg. Dark spice, black tea, pipe tobacco, dark rich soil, core of anise and fields of violets.

The body is thick and full. The wine still very fresh. The tannins big, meaty and chewy. The dark fruits are quite floral. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries with blue fruits. Sweet tarry presence, loads of baking spices; vanilla, cinnamon, clove & nutmeg. Dark spice, black tea, pipe tobacco, dark rich soil, crushed dry rocks, river stones, tough leather, cedar, core of anise with red flowers and fields of violets. Very good round acidity. The long, big, ruby, lush, well balanced finish is beautiful.

The fruit, tannins and acidity all speak to it being 95+ and a long cellar.

May 19th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

98 Insignia from 3 Liter.

On the nose, sweet & sour fruits of funky; blackberries, dark cherries cherries, black raspberries, strawberries & hues of blueberries. Big vanilla, clove, cinnamon, cola, dark spice, volcanic minerals, leather, saddle-wood, black tea, rich dark soil and fresh, dark floral bouquet.

The body is medium full. Tannins are around 60% resolved. The fruits are sweet & sour with a touch of barnyard funk. blackberries, dark cherries cherries, black raspberries, strawberries & hues of blueberries. Vanilla, caramel, clove, cinnamon, cola, dark spice, volcanic minerals, leather, saddle-wood, black tea, mint, menthol, rich dark soil and fresh, dark floral bouquet. Acidity is nice but the finish shows the short comings of the 98 vintage.

98 Insignia from 3 Liter.

On the nose, sweet & sour fruits of funky; blackberries, dark cherries cherries, black raspberries, strawberries & hues of blueberries. Big vanilla, clove, cinnamon, cola, dark spice, volcanic minerals, leather, saddle-wood, black tea, rich dark soil and fresh, dark floral bouquet.

The body is medium full. Tannins are around 60% resolved. The fruits are sweet & sour with a touch of barnyard funk. blackberries, dark cherries cherries, black raspberries, strawberries & hues of blueberries. Vanilla, caramel, clove, cinnamon, cola, dark spice, volcanic minerals, leather, saddle-wood, black tea, mint, menthol, rich dark soil and fresh, dark floral bouquet. Acidity is nice but the finish shows the short comings of the 98 vintage.

May 19th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

The 88 Insignia out of Magnum.

On the nose, shy blackberries, dark cherries, cherries, creamy strawberries, black plum, notes of blue fruits, sweet vanillin soft volcanic minerals, red & blue florals with violets.

The body is leaner medium. Tannins are completely resolved. Pure pruny fruit elegance with bright red floral bouquet. Blackberries, dark cherries, cherries, creamy strawberries, black plum, rhubarb with notes of blue fruits, sweet vanillin fine powdery, old shoe leather, dry brush, volcanic minerals, red & blue florals with violets. Nice acidity and finish but, this wine was better served 3-5 years ago.

The 88 Insignia out of Magnum.

On the nose, shy blackberries, dark cherries, cherries, creamy strawberries, black plum, notes of blue fruits, sweet vanillin soft volcanic minerals, red & blue florals with violets.

The body is leaner medium. Tannins are completely resolved. Pure pruny fruit elegance with bright red floral bouquet. Blackberries, dark cherries, cherries, creamy strawberries, black plum, rhubarb with notes of blue fruits, sweet vanillin fine powdery, old shoe leather, dry brush, volcanic minerals, red & blue florals with violets. Nice acidity and finish but, this wine was better served 3-5 years ago.

May 19th, 2018
WineMascot

2014, in its youth you can smell the petite verdot and it isn't shy on the oak

2014, in its youth you can smell the petite verdot and it isn't shy on the oak

May 8th, 2018
Bryce Wiatrak

I could never get sick of Insignia. It me it captures the essence of the Napa - always a blend of pedigreed sites across the Valley. Ample and undeniably California, it’s volume comes with such structure and grip - leather, tobacco, quinine and medicinal length. So good.

I could never get sick of Insignia. It me it captures the essence of the Napa - always a blend of pedigreed sites across the Valley. Ample and undeniably California, it’s volume comes with such structure and grip - leather, tobacco, quinine and medicinal length. So good.

May 5th, 2018
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.5

Spectacular. Even better following an hour of decanting. #josephphelps #insignia biased review

Spectacular. Even better following an hour of decanting. #josephphelps #insignia biased review

Apr 10th, 2018
Greg Koslosky

Wow serious bottle that tastes like it’s only 10 years old . This will go another 10 to 30 years one of the last great old school vintages from Phelps !

Wow serious bottle that tastes like it’s only 10 years old . This will go another 10 to 30 years one of the last great old school vintages from Phelps !

Mar 27th, 2018
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9.3

(100% new French oak from here on; from a harvest featuring relatively small berries): Healthy bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, tobacco, truffle and smoke are distinctly darker than those of the 1990. Wonderfully suave, fine-grained wine with superb intensity and retention of dark fruit flavors. Harmonious acidity and a firm tannic spine give this wine noteworthy thrust and extend the finish. The wine's 10% Merlot component was partly from the cooler Hudson and Hyde vineyards in Carneros. This impeccably balanced wine remains remarkably fresh. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, Apr 2016)

(100% new French oak from here on; from a harvest featuring relatively small berries): Healthy bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, tobacco, truffle and smoke are distinctly darker than those of the 1990. Wonderfully suave, fine-grained wine with superb intensity and retention of dark fruit flavors. Harmonious acidity and a firm tannic spine give this wine noteworthy thrust and extend the finish. The wine's 10% Merlot component was partly from the cooler Hudson and Hyde vineyards in Carneros. This impeccably balanced wine remains remarkably fresh. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, Apr 2016)

Feb 16th, 2018