Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.4102 ratings
9.421 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Mike R
9.6

WNH rides again - this wine keeps getting better - incredible wine - the dark fruit and amazing color are prefect - but the taste is powerful but beyond approachable- extremely smooth / and the finish speaks in loud Dolby brilliant sounds - just so damn long

The herd had our party at Bookers Guesthouse / thank you Eric, Lauren and Glenn.

WNH rides again - this wine keeps getting better - incredible wine - the dark fruit and amazing color are prefect - but the taste is powerful but beyond approachable- extremely smooth / and the finish speaks in loud Dolby brilliant sounds - just so damn long

The herd had our party at Bookers Guesthouse / thank you Eric, Lauren and Glenn.

Nov 11th, 2019
Alex Jones

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

8.7

A friend opened and unlike the Dunn, not my style. Well made, but too rich and dense and tried a bit too hard like a laugh track comedy. Dark fruit, blackberry and a touch of herbalness. Needed more time than we gave it.

A friend opened and unlike the Dunn, not my style. Well made, but too rich and dense and tried a bit too hard like a laugh track comedy. Dark fruit, blackberry and a touch of herbalness. Needed more time than we gave it.

Aug 30th, 2018
Mike R
9.4

Really young but opened and it was delicious - back able to smile again

Really young but opened and it was delicious - back able to smile again

Mar 11th, 2018
Shay A
9.5

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

I’ve been fortunate to have the ‘12, ‘13 and ‘14 all within two weeks. While I think the ‘12 has been my favorite, this was close. Not sure of the merlot usage here, but it was fairly soft and plush. Ripe blueberries and blackberries but also some tobacco and grilled meats. A few people wondered if this wine could be a Cali Syrah (in comparison to the last 2).

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

I’ve been fortunate to have the ‘12, ‘13 and ‘14 all within two weeks. While I think the ‘12 has been my favorite, this was close. Not sure of the merlot usage here, but it was fairly soft and plush. Ripe blueberries and blackberries but also some tobacco and grilled meats. A few people wondered if this wine could be a Cali Syrah (in comparison to the last 2).

Feb 17th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

Super dark cassis, expresso roast, black tea, big tannins and very good acidity. Dark rich moist black soil, crushed dry rocks, leather, anise, milk & dark chocolate. Great balance, length, structure. This wine is a 30-50 year wine.

Super dark cassis, expresso roast, black tea, big tannins and very good acidity. Dark rich moist black soil, crushed dry rocks, leather, anise, milk & dark chocolate. Great balance, length, structure. This wine is a 30-50 year wine.

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2016
Sean Genn

This will be great

This will be great

1 person found it helpfulAug 23rd, 2016
Jason Heller

Master Sommelier

8.0

Maybe the oakiest wine I've ever had.

Maybe the oakiest wine I've ever had.

1 person found it helpfulJun 10th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

On the nose, lightly candied styled fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries and pomegranate. Cinnamon, vanilla, light loamy soils and fresh dry dark florals. On the palate, dry M+ tannins & black currants. Round, full, rich and juicy fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, cherries, blueberries and strawberries. Dry crushed rocks, gritty volcanic minerals, leather graphite, tobacco leaf and ash, light; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg, spice-box. The long finish shows softer, dusty tannins. It's also showing some good bottle evolution since I had it last Spring. As well, the structure, texture, length & finish are improved. Photos of their beautiful wood wall storage cabinet in the main dining room and another perspective of the terrace view.

On the nose, lightly candied styled fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries and pomegranate. Cinnamon, vanilla, light loamy soils and fresh dry dark florals. On the palate, dry M+ tannins & black currants. Round, full, rich and juicy fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, cherries, blueberries and strawberries. Dry crushed rocks, gritty volcanic minerals, leather graphite, tobacco leaf and ash, light; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg, spice-box. The long finish shows softer, dusty tannins. It's also showing some good bottle evolution since I had it last Spring. As well, the structure, texture, length & finish are improved. Photos of their beautiful wood wall storage cabinet in the main dining room and another perspective of the terrace view.

May 9th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Developing nicely. Fresh and going down smooth. @ Pebble Beach Food & wine.

Developing nicely. Fresh and going down smooth. @ Pebble Beach Food & wine.

Apr 23rd, 2017
Blake Conklin

Cellar Hand Relic Winery

9.3

Beast. For a 2011, this is drinking quite nicely. Soft, subtle... Full of sex appeal.

Beast. For a 2011, this is drinking quite nicely. Soft, subtle... Full of sex appeal.

Feb 22nd, 2016