Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.5163 ratings
9.322 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Garen Staglin

Perfect

Perfect

Apr 29th, 2019
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

9.4

On the nose; the fruits are brambly wild dark berries. Warm soils, dark cherries, cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries & boysenberries, baking spices, quince jelly and fresh dark floral bouquet. The body is full and luxurious. Ripe fruits that have a slight baked quality. Dark cherries, cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, strawberries, dry cranberries and boysenberries. Vanilla, clove, crushed dry rocks, leather, saddlewood, tobacco with ash, dry brush, cola, graphite, touch of light dry herbs, decent acidity and a dry tannin finish that is evenly balanced fruit & earth. Still needs a lot more time in the bottle.

On the nose; the fruits are brambly wild dark berries. Warm soils, dark cherries, cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries & boysenberries, baking spices, quince jelly and fresh dark floral bouquet. The body is full and luxurious. Ripe fruits that have a slight baked quality. Dark cherries, cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, strawberries, dry cranberries and boysenberries. Vanilla, clove, crushed dry rocks, leather, saddlewood, tobacco with ash, dry brush, cola, graphite, touch of light dry herbs, decent acidity and a dry tannin finish that is evenly balanced fruit & earth. Still needs a lot more time in the bottle.

Sep 9th, 2017
Vino Kaela

Impressive wine! Decanted it for 30 min. Checked it at opening again at 30 min but it opened up around 50 min. Full and complex with strong black fruit, cocoa, and oak spice. This is still a baby in terms of maturity. As always Insignia delivers as true as a Bordeaux first growth would, which was their model from inception.

Impressive wine! Decanted it for 30 min. Checked it at opening again at 30 min but it opened up around 50 min. Full and complex with strong black fruit, cocoa, and oak spice. This is still a baby in terms of maturity. As always Insignia delivers as true as a Bordeaux first growth would, which was their model from inception.

1 person found it helpfulSep 6th, 2015
Nic Z
9.4

Can't get enough of it!

Can't get enough of it!

1 person found it helpfulJun 19th, 2014
Vino Kaela

Power, power, power.... This vintage at seven years old is still a baby. Lots of ripe black fruits complemented with blue and red fruits with a little sweetness from the oak. Can't wait to revisit in another seven years

Power, power, power.... This vintage at seven years old is still a baby. Lots of ripe black fruits complemented with blue and red fruits with a little sweetness from the oak. Can't wait to revisit in another seven years

Aug 29th, 2015
Cameron Hobel

Owner/Winemaker Hobel Wine Works

9.0

From magnum. Tight jeans

From magnum. Tight jeans

May 21st, 2015
Gregory Fulchiero

Out for dinner - wife's 37th birthday

Out for dinner - wife's 37th birthday

Mar 7th, 2014
Pedro Rusk

Wine Educator Kendall Jackson

8.9

Outta mag

Outta mag

May 7th, 2013
David L

Stood this bottle up for over a week. Decanted for 3 hours. Still black ruby red in color! The 3rd hour it opened up like a BLACK HOLE . Just forget you own this vintage. Look forward to my kids telling me how good it was in 20??

Stood this bottle up for over a week. Decanted for 3 hours. Still black ruby red in color! The 3rd hour it opened up like a BLACK HOLE . Just forget you own this vintage. Look forward to my kids telling me how good it was in 20??

Jul 29th, 2015