Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.41602 ratings
9.3363 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Mike R
9.2

It never completely opened but throughly enjoyed @Bill Bender

It never completely opened but throughly enjoyed @Bill Bender

Jul 19th, 2021
Severn Goodwin

2021 Independence Day Party 🇺🇲 🥳 with several members of our Tastevin crew and extended friends.🍷 Proof that our palates are wider than Burgundy, outside of sanctioned events.🍾 Notes may be light, scores will be honest. 💯

2021 Independence Day Party 🇺🇲 🥳 with several members of our Tastevin crew and extended friends.🍷 Proof that our palates are wider than Burgundy, outside of sanctioned events.🍾 Notes may be light, scores will be honest. 💯

Jul 4th, 2021
Mark Pagliaro

Winemaker Stone & Key Cellars

9.7

This 2008 Insignia chosen to celebrate a Retirement after 39.5 years. Beautiful aromas of rich earth, blown dust and black fruit. The palate is is rich with blueberry, black current, vanilla, and subtle tannins adding to a long and elegant finish.

This 2008 Insignia chosen to celebrate a Retirement after 39.5 years. Beautiful aromas of rich earth, blown dust and black fruit. The palate is is rich with blueberry, black current, vanilla, and subtle tannins adding to a long and elegant finish.

Jun 11th, 2021
Mike Saviage

Dark tawny, almost opaque. Floral exotic nose. Notes of eucalyptus, blueberry, red fruit, camphor, and tobacco leaf. While the fruit in the mouth is fading a bit, the nose of this wine certainly is not... great perfume and fun to check in on an old CA benchmark. Although the Bordeaux bottles next to it got a lot of attention, the Insignia was the glass I kept coming back to the most during the night. Great experience.

Dark tawny, almost opaque. Floral exotic nose. Notes of eucalyptus, blueberry, red fruit, camphor, and tobacco leaf. While the fruit in the mouth is fading a bit, the nose of this wine certainly is not... great perfume and fun to check in on an old CA benchmark. Although the Bordeaux bottles next to it got a lot of attention, the Insignia was the glass I kept coming back to the most during the night. Great experience.

Apr 9th, 2021
David L

Insignia. WNH virtual tasting . The tasting included 95,96,00,01,02,09,13,14. Last 95 I enjoyed was in May of 2019 along side the 1982. Both I vividly remember fondly.
90% CB 7% Merlot 3% PV.
One thing all the wines had in common. The color was deep garnet - purple . 95’ showed Bit of sediment. NO signs of bricking, absolutely incredible. There was no way you could tell this wine was 25 years young.
The nose comes off as left bank/Barolo. (earthy, violets)
Palate- Light signs of red currant, red & black plums, orange rind, black olives, floral notes, good acidity, grainy tannins. Long & lingering finish.

Opened it 45 minutes prior to tasting. Enjoyed it over the next 2 1/2 hours. Must say the last glass was better than the first...wife & I split the bottle and agreed.

Insignia. WNH virtual tasting . The tasting included 95,96,00,01,02,09,13,14. Last 95 I enjoyed was in May of 2019 along side the 1982. Both I vividly remember fondly.
90% CB 7% Merlot 3% PV.
One thing all the wines had in common. The color was deep garnet - purple . 95’ showed Bit of sediment. NO signs of bricking, absolutely incredible. There was no way you could tell this wine was 25 years young.
The nose comes off as left bank/Barolo. (earthy, violets)
Palate- Light signs of red currant, red & black plums, orange rind, black olives, floral notes, good acidity, grainy tannins. Long & lingering finish.

Opened it 45 minutes prior to tasting. Enjoyed it over the next 2 1/2 hours. Must say the last glass was better than the first...wife & I split the bottle and agreed.

Dec 3rd, 2020
Shay A
9.7

WNH virtual Insignia Tasting. Vintages featured were ‘95, ‘96, ‘00, ‘01, ‘02, ‘09, ‘13 and ‘14.

This was the Wine Spectator wine of the year and received a 100 point score from Wine Advocate (for those interested in accolades and scores).

Knowing the pedigree here, I knew to expect some fireworks and tried to prepare accordingly. I gave this 24hrs upright after pulling from the cellar, and then decanted about 90mins, before consuming from the decanter over the course of the evening. The cork came out perfectly via the Durand and had absolutely zero seepage up the cork. My glass of choice was the new Glasvin Expression. Really like their glasses.

My first sip after opening had me looking at my wife saying “this is 18yrs old and is insanely youthful”. When hearing from my friends about their mid/late ‘90s, and for the ‘01, those offerings had basically zero merlot. The ‘00 had a similar amount to this (14%), and I think that component really elevated this to a more “elegant” style. The oak here comes across as a mix of French and American (though it’s all French)...the oak has such a distinct sweet note to it that I associate with American oak on Cali wines, yet isn’t full on coconut. Aromatically, it’s a beautiful display of cherry tobacco, black cherry cordial, violets, and elevated heady notes of black cherry pie. On the palate, there is creme de cassis, espresso, cocoa powder and mellowed red fruit before a finish that has surprisingly grippy tannin. This drinks like a bigger style left bank Bordeaux with how wonderfully integrated it is. Zero chance I’d call this 18yr old Napa cab if tasting blind. This easily has 5+yrs in this drinking window, and another 5-10 in the next evolution journey before really starting to slide. If opening now, decant 1-2hrs. One of the best expressions of aged Napa cab I’ve had this year.

WNH virtual Insignia Tasting. Vintages featured were ‘95, ‘96, ‘00, ‘01, ‘02, ‘09, ‘13 and ‘14.

This was the Wine Spectator wine of the year and received a 100 point score from Wine Advocate (for those interested in accolades and scores).

Knowing the pedigree here, I knew to expect some fireworks and tried to prepare accordingly. I gave this 24hrs upright after pulling from the cellar, and then decanted about 90mins, before consuming from the decanter over the course of the evening. The cork came out perfectly via the Durand and had absolutely zero seepage up the cork. My glass of choice was the new Glasvin Expression. Really like their glasses.

My first sip after opening had me looking at my wife saying “this is 18yrs old and is insanely youthful”. When hearing from my friends about their mid/late ‘90s, and for the ‘01, those offerings had basically zero merlot. The ‘00 had a similar amount to this (14%), and I think that component really elevated this to a more “elegant” style. The oak here comes across as a mix of French and American (though it’s all French)...the oak has such a distinct sweet note to it that I associate with American oak on Cali wines, yet isn’t full on coconut. Aromatically, it’s a beautiful display of cherry tobacco, black cherry cordial, violets, and elevated heady notes of black cherry pie. On the palate, there is creme de cassis, espresso, cocoa powder and mellowed red fruit before a finish that has surprisingly grippy tannin. This drinks like a bigger style left bank Bordeaux with how wonderfully integrated it is. Zero chance I’d call this 18yr old Napa cab if tasting blind. This easily has 5+yrs in this drinking window, and another 5-10 in the next evolution journey before really starting to slide. If opening now, decant 1-2hrs. One of the best expressions of aged Napa cab I’ve had this year.

Dec 3rd, 2020
LM Segal

Big, velvety and perfectly balanced. Rich red fruit, saddle leather and dried maraschino cherry. My WOTN.

Big, velvety and perfectly balanced. Rich red fruit, saddle leather and dried maraschino cherry. My WOTN.

Sep 1st, 2020
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.5

One of the few big Napa wines I actually enjoy. This was epic

One of the few big Napa wines I actually enjoy. This was epic

Jul 11th, 2020
Mike Saviage

Dark reddish tawny, opaque. Very perfumed. Notes of cherry, mocha, plums, moist earth and some leather. Rich and round in the mouth. Great finish. In a great drinking window.

Dark reddish tawny, opaque. Very perfumed. Notes of cherry, mocha, plums, moist earth and some leather. Rich and round in the mouth. Great finish. In a great drinking window.

Jun 7th, 2020
Rob Brobst III

Wow OMG!!!

Wow OMG!!!

Apr 11th, 2020