Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.4228 ratings
9.432 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
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
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
Bill Bender

Inky purple with gritty tannins, spirited fresh silky fruit. A substantial brooding wine with miles and miles left in the tank but so damn good right now. The ‘08s and ‘09s from the North CA Coast that I felt were impenetrable fruit bombs the last few years are really blooming now. Drink up but decant.

Inky purple with gritty tannins, spirited fresh silky fruit. A substantial brooding wine with miles and miles left in the tank but so damn good right now. The ‘08s and ‘09s from the North CA Coast that I felt were impenetrable fruit bombs the last few years are really blooming now. Drink up but decant.

Oct 16th, 2017
Winery Explorers

Our first Insignia experience was tasting the '99. We loved the loamy earth, anise, herb, mocha, etc...we were immediate fans. This '08 on the other hand is nothing of the sort. It's good...lush, full bodied, but has more Port characteristics rather than those Napa-isms we were hoping for. Don't get us wrong, we enjoyed it. Our guess it's in some sort of resting stage right now and needs time. Try to hold this baby if you have it.

Our first Insignia experience was tasting the '99. We loved the loamy earth, anise, herb, mocha, etc...we were immediate fans. This '08 on the other hand is nothing of the sort. It's good...lush, full bodied, but has more Port characteristics rather than those Napa-isms we were hoping for. Don't get us wrong, we enjoyed it. Our guess it's in some sort of resting stage right now and needs time. Try to hold this baby if you have it.

4 people found it helpfulFeb 12th, 2014
Puerto Rico Wine News

Voluptuous fruit with dusty tannins and minty blackberries. Solid, will get better in 7-10 years.

Voluptuous fruit with dusty tannins and minty blackberries. Solid, will get better in 7-10 years.

3 people found it helpfulFeb 20th, 2014
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Dark ruby red. Rich and earthy with notes of dark berries, and some damp forest. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Dark palate as well with dark cocoa, cigar box and black berries. Long finish and drinking well with some air. Drink till 2027.

Dark ruby red. Rich and earthy with notes of dark berries, and some damp forest. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Dark palate as well with dark cocoa, cigar box and black berries. Long finish and drinking well with some air. Drink till 2027.

1 person found it helpfulDec 8th, 2017
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.5

Perfect wine to celebrate 17 years of marriage to my guy. #josephphelps biased review.

Perfect wine to celebrate 17 years of marriage to my guy. #josephphelps biased review.

1 person found it helpfulMay 17th, 2015
Brian Thompson

Sales & Marketing Krupp Brothers Winery, Stagecoach Vineyard

9.2

Wow the Petit Verdot really shows in this vintage. Black fruits, dusty herbs and chocolate aromas leap out of the glass. Always a treat!

Wow the Petit Verdot really shows in this vintage. Black fruits, dusty herbs and chocolate aromas leap out of the glass. Always a treat!

Feb 10th, 2017
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.4

Biased review. #josephphelps

Biased review. #josephphelps

Jul 12th, 2016
Kevin Ortzman

Dried dark red fruit on the nose with a dark chocolate finish - delicious!!

Dried dark red fruit on the nose with a dark chocolate finish - delicious!!

May 28th, 2016