Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.3191 ratings
9.233 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
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
Rebecca Fletcher

Black cherry, violet, mocha, baking spices, and cedar. Sweet tobacco and licorice. M- acid, m+ firm tannin. Black plum, cassis, dust, and graphite. A bit tight. Needs a little time.

Black cherry, violet, mocha, baking spices, and cedar. Sweet tobacco and licorice. M- acid, m+ firm tannin. Black plum, cassis, dust, and graphite. A bit tight. Needs a little time.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 24th, 2016
Ed Matthews

I am predisposed not to like this style of wine, but I grudgingly admit I enjoyed this bottle that shouldn't have been opened for another decade. The color was inky dark as expected. The nose was of cassis, blackberry and mint. Surprisingly I got no notes of overblown oak. On the palate the wine was rich and ripe with loads of cassis primarily with hints of chocolate and espresso. The posh velvety fruit would have been sickening except for that it was balanced by excellent acidity. I could have used a bit more tannic structure. In general, I prefer other styles, but for what this is, it is a very good example. I'm surprised to have liked it.

I am predisposed not to like this style of wine, but I grudgingly admit I enjoyed this bottle that shouldn't have been opened for another decade. The color was inky dark as expected. The nose was of cassis, blackberry and mint. Surprisingly I got no notes of overblown oak. On the palate the wine was rich and ripe with loads of cassis primarily with hints of chocolate and espresso. The posh velvety fruit would have been sickening except for that it was balanced by excellent acidity. I could have used a bit more tannic structure. In general, I prefer other styles, but for what this is, it is a very good example. I'm surprised to have liked it.

1 person found it helpfulDec 8th, 2014
Kim Kolb

2010 Joseph Phelps red wine. slight hints of green peppers. A big bold nose that says "I am a mighty wine". Such a huge body at the tip of the tongue, smooth over mid palate with a spicy finish. This is truly a meat wine with a slightly tannic crescendo.

2010 Joseph Phelps red wine. slight hints of green peppers. A big bold nose that says "I am a mighty wine". Such a huge body at the tip of the tongue, smooth over mid palate with a spicy finish. This is truly a meat wine with a slightly tannic crescendo.

Apr 16th, 2017
Kevin Ortzman

Fresh mint leaf w/ dark red fruit on the nose

Fresh mint leaf w/ dark red fruit on the nose

May 29th, 2016
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.4

Honoring a legend tonight. Rest in peace Joe Phelps. Biased review. #josephphelps #insignia

Honoring a legend tonight. Rest in peace Joe Phelps. Biased review. #josephphelps #insignia

Apr 18th, 2015
Boris Mathiszik

Big wine, bold Cab, smooth, plenty of fruit. Truly delicious.

Big wine, bold Cab, smooth, plenty of fruit. Truly delicious.

Mar 29th, 2015
Rachel Macalisang

Lead Sommelier - The Bazaar by José Andrés

9.0

Magnum

Magnum

Feb 8th, 2015
Rebecca Fletcher

Thank you Logan!!!!!

Thank you Logan!!!!!

May 23rd, 2014
Puerto Rico Wine News

Potentially perfect

Potentially perfect

May 10th, 2014