Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.46 ratings
9.41 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Jeff Loo

New Release showing very young and juicy. Will require lots of time in the cellar, so when you get it, bury it in the cellar for a decade plus...unless curiosity wins! Will join the pantheon of great vintages of Insignia.

New Release showing very young and juicy. Will require lots of time in the cellar, so when you get it, bury it in the cellar for a decade plus...unless curiosity wins! Will join the pantheon of great vintages of Insignia.

Aug 8th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

The 15 vintage is still in barrel and will be for awhile longer. On the nose, bright, fragrant field of wild flowers, black licorice, cinnamon, vanilla, ruby fruits of; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, cherries, strawberries and dark loamy soils. On the palate; bright, fresh, ripe fruits that mirror the nose, nice deep spices, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, tobacco, graphite, soft leather, dry crushed rocks, edgy volcanic minerals and pronounced dusty/crumbly tannin structure. The long finish has beautiful ripe fruits with good structure, balance, acidity with a touch of strawberry cola. Photos are the other large old oak fermentation vats inside their estate and another perspective of their awesome terrace view. Notice on the label...no Merlot? The decided to rip up and replant their Merlot vines.

The 15 vintage is still in barrel and will be for awhile longer. On the nose, bright, fragrant field of wild flowers, black licorice, cinnamon, vanilla, ruby fruits of; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, cherries, strawberries and dark loamy soils. On the palate; bright, fresh, ripe fruits that mirror the nose, nice deep spices, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, tobacco, graphite, soft leather, dry crushed rocks, edgy volcanic minerals and pronounced dusty/crumbly tannin structure. The long finish has beautiful ripe fruits with good structure, balance, acidity with a touch of strawberry cola. Photos are the other large old oak fermentation vats inside their estate and another perspective of their awesome terrace view. Notice on the label...no Merlot? The decided to rip up and replant their Merlot vines.

May 9th, 2017
George Yasutake

Didn’t quite measure up to the 2002 tonight. 2003 was not as soft on the back palate or finish. But still an awesome meritage! NOTE: the vintage is 2003, not a 2015 which is way too early to drink😖

Didn’t quite measure up to the 2002 tonight. 2003 was not as soft on the back palate or finish. But still an awesome meritage! NOTE: the vintage is 2003, not a 2015 which is way too early to drink😖

Dec 27th, 2019
Mark

Tasting

Tasting

Aug 30th, 2019
Skip Smyser

A baby to start the weekend. I usually would give an Insignia a minimum of 5 years before tasting but I have a lot of this so decided to try it out and it didn’t disappoint. Lush red color, light tannins and a marvelous lingering aftertaste. So lovely with hints of minerals and tobacco. Very complex. Good for 30 years!🍷🍷🍷🍷

A baby to start the weekend. I usually would give an Insignia a minimum of 5 years before tasting but I have a lot of this so decided to try it out and it didn’t disappoint. Lush red color, light tannins and a marvelous lingering aftertaste. So lovely with hints of minerals and tobacco. Very complex. Good for 30 years!🍷🍷🍷🍷

Aug 2nd, 2019
Andy Hock

Subtle well balanced floral mineral.

Subtle well balanced floral mineral.

Apr 28th, 2019
Maria James

2015 drinking well. Paired with a filet mignon. Note of: berries and plums. Beautiful structure soft tannins showing up late. One of my favorite wines.

2015 drinking well. Paired with a filet mignon. Note of: berries and plums. Beautiful structure soft tannins showing up late. One of my favorite wines.

Nov 25th, 2018
Cameron Etezadi

Good structure but too young to be opened and consumed. Needs five to ten years at a minimum before you should be drinking this. Bright red with bold tannins and a high acidity make this delicious but painful today. Left my mouth still watering for the long finish. Plums and blackberries dominate the body profile.

Good structure but too young to be opened and consumed. Needs five to ten years at a minimum before you should be drinking this. Bright red with bold tannins and a high acidity make this delicious but painful today. Left my mouth still watering for the long finish. Plums and blackberries dominate the body profile.

Sep 22nd, 2018
Stanley Barrios

Stanley had this 10 months ago

Stanley had this 10 months ago

Jul 13th, 2020
Michael Callahan

Michael had this a year ago

Michael had this a year ago

Jan 22nd, 2020