Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.43089 ratings
9.3573 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
Kurt-Inge Eklund

Out of magnum

Out of magnum

Jan 4th, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Deep ruby red. Dark nose with cocoa, cinnamon, a bit herbal, cassis, light graphite and smoke. Medium plus tannins (7/10) and well integrated with a medium plus body. Really grips the back and sides of your mouth, even with two days being open. Layered flavors of smokiness, black currants, bramble, wood and black cherries. Long finish. Drink till 2030.

Deep ruby red. Dark nose with cocoa, cinnamon, a bit herbal, cassis, light graphite and smoke. Medium plus tannins (7/10) and well integrated with a medium plus body. Really grips the back and sides of your mouth, even with two days being open. Layered flavors of smokiness, black currants, bramble, wood and black cherries. Long finish. Drink till 2030.

Jan 2nd, 2019
Mike Saviage

From magnum. Deep reddish tawny color. Almost opaque. Nice seductive nose. Notes of blackberries, cedar box, warm blueberries, a little currant and some tobacco leaf. Really nicely balanced with tannins fully resolved and integrated. In a great place and don’t think it will get much better from here, but clearly built to last.

From magnum. Deep reddish tawny color. Almost opaque. Nice seductive nose. Notes of blackberries, cedar box, warm blueberries, a little currant and some tobacco leaf. Really nicely balanced with tannins fully resolved and integrated. In a great place and don’t think it will get much better from here, but clearly built to last.

Jan 1st, 2019
Ara Aslanian

Magnum. never disappoints, can sleep for another 10+ years.

Magnum. never disappoints, can sleep for another 10+ years.

Dec 25th, 2018
Matt Lasater

Great surprise, this 95 CS 5 PV blend has really expressed with VC and vintage quality well. Spiced, nuanced, and loaded with herbal and earthy notes beneath the sheen of rich Napa fruit. Love the tannin structure this has, almost yielding a more Bordeaux-like texture to the wine. ‘06 always has a savory side that I admire, so it was fun to taste what I would normally describe as a “stylized and polished wine” that really brought forth that element.

Great surprise, this 95 CS 5 PV blend has really expressed with VC and vintage quality well. Spiced, nuanced, and loaded with herbal and earthy notes beneath the sheen of rich Napa fruit. Love the tannin structure this has, almost yielding a more Bordeaux-like texture to the wine. ‘06 always has a savory side that I admire, so it was fun to taste what I would normally describe as a “stylized and polished wine” that really brought forth that element.

Dec 17th, 2018
LM Segal

Sweet tobacco-infused and cherry-smoked bliss. Smoother than words allow. Peaking but should stay at apogee for decades.

Sweet tobacco-infused and cherry-smoked bliss. Smoother than words allow. Peaking but should stay at apogee for decades.

Dec 7th, 2018
Mike Saviage

Dark ruby, bright, doesn’t look it’s age. Awesome funky old Cal Cab nose. Notes of cherry, cranberry sauce, dirt and some balsa wood. Some steminess. Great perfume. Nice in the mouth but missing just a little bit in the mid palate. Really enjoyed this.

Dark ruby, bright, doesn’t look it’s age. Awesome funky old Cal Cab nose. Notes of cherry, cranberry sauce, dirt and some balsa wood. Some steminess. Great perfume. Nice in the mouth but missing just a little bit in the mid palate. Really enjoyed this.

Nov 15th, 2018
Bill Bender

From Mag with bone-in NY prime. This is finally in an approachable drinking window. An hour decant gave this wings. As “Bordeaux” an Insignia I’ve had in a while. I know it’s a Bordeaux blend but it’s never really performed that way for me. Great strength here, silky lines and some legit nuance.

From Mag with bone-in NY prime. This is finally in an approachable drinking window. An hour decant gave this wings. As “Bordeaux” an Insignia I’ve had in a while. I know it’s a Bordeaux blend but it’s never really performed that way for me. Great strength here, silky lines and some legit nuance.

Oct 19th, 2018
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.3

Incredible vintage of Insignia. I almost never drink big Napa wines, but this is one I just find impossible not to love.

Incredible vintage of Insignia. I almost never drink big Napa wines, but this is one I just find impossible not to love.

Oct 18th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

Barrel taste of the 2016 Insignia.

The nose shows bright red floral fruits. Ripe; dark cherries, blackberries, creamed black raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and a touch of pomegranate. Vanillin, light cinnamon, dark rich soils, dark chocolate bar, soft understated volcanic minerals, violets, red and dark florals.

The wine is still extremely fresh. The body medium full. Tannins are round & slight tarry. The fruits are very ripe and bright. Ripe; dark cherries, blackberries, creamed black raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and a touch of pomegranate. Vanillin, light cinnamon, dark rich soils, dark chocolate bar, soft understated volcanic minerals, limestone, violets, red and dark florals. The acidity is fresh and waterfallish. The fruit is beautiful. The wine has a long way to go in barrel but, it shows great promise. The finish is already well polished with great structure, length and balance.

Photos of; their Napa Estate vines, logo woven into the carpet, futures offering area and long shot of their visitor center building and terrace.

Barrel taste of the 2016 Insignia.

The nose shows bright red floral fruits. Ripe; dark cherries, blackberries, creamed black raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and a touch of pomegranate. Vanillin, light cinnamon, dark rich soils, dark chocolate bar, soft understated volcanic minerals, violets, red and dark florals.

The wine is still extremely fresh. The body medium full. Tannins are round & slight tarry. The fruits are very ripe and bright. Ripe; dark cherries, blackberries, creamed black raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and a touch of pomegranate. Vanillin, light cinnamon, dark rich soils, dark chocolate bar, soft understated volcanic minerals, limestone, violets, red and dark florals. The acidity is fresh and waterfallish. The fruit is beautiful. The wine has a long way to go in barrel but, it shows great promise. The finish is already well polished with great structure, length and balance.

Photos of; their Napa Estate vines, logo woven into the carpet, futures offering area and long shot of their visitor center building and terrace.

Oct 9th, 2018