Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley Red Wine

9.3188 ratings
9.430 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Very dark crimson, almost black. Opulent aromas of cassis, mulberry, herbs and earth. Same opulence on the lush rich full bodied palate with notes of milk chocolate and black currant finishing with fine resolved and polished tannins. This to me is a typical high quality Napa Valley Cabernet - so fluid, generous and velvety in my limited experience with the genre.

Very dark crimson, almost black. Opulent aromas of cassis, mulberry, herbs and earth. Same opulence on the lush rich full bodied palate with notes of milk chocolate and black currant finishing with fine resolved and polished tannins. This to me is a typical high quality Napa Valley Cabernet - so fluid, generous and velvety in my limited experience with the genre.

Feb 22nd, 2020
Ara Aslanian

Magnum. never disappoints, can sleep for another 10+ years.

Magnum. never disappoints, can sleep for another 10+ years.

Dec 25th, 2018
Matt Lasater

Great surprise, this 95 CS 5 PV blend has really expressed with VC and vintage quality well. Spiced, nuanced, and loaded with herbal and earthy notes beneath the sheen of rich Napa fruit. Love the tannin structure this has, almost yielding a more Bordeaux-like texture to the wine. ‘06 always has a savory side that I admire, so it was fun to taste what I would normally describe as a “stylized and polished wine” that really brought forth that element.

Great surprise, this 95 CS 5 PV blend has really expressed with VC and vintage quality well. Spiced, nuanced, and loaded with herbal and earthy notes beneath the sheen of rich Napa fruit. Love the tannin structure this has, almost yielding a more Bordeaux-like texture to the wine. ‘06 always has a savory side that I admire, so it was fun to taste what I would normally describe as a “stylized and polished wine” that really brought forth that element.

Dec 17th, 2018
Ari Newman

Consistently great bottle...only 5% petit Verdot but tons of weight and mouth feel. Yum! #laterbottle

Consistently great bottle...only 5% petit Verdot but tons of weight and mouth feel. Yum! #laterbottle

4 people found it helpfulJun 12th, 2014
Rob Brobst III

What 15 years does. This is the same experience that I’ve had with many 2011’s that were shunned in their infancy....

What 15 years does. This is the same experience that I’ve had with many 2011’s that were shunned in their infancy....

1 person found it helpfulApr 4th, 2021
Kellin

YOWZA

YOWZA

1 person found it helpfulNov 23rd, 2017
Bryant Bickel

Plenty of cedar notes still on this 2006, still young. Juicy red fruits

Plenty of cedar notes still on this 2006, still young. Juicy red fruits

Feb 21st, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Nose of black licorice anise, sweet tar, expresso grounds and perfumed decayed florals. Core fruits are black cassis, faint strawberries, expresso grounds, licorice anise, tar, dry florals, spice, cloves, touch of herbs, black tea leafs, silky fine dark minerality, stems, used leather, wood shavings and long medium tannin dry finish. It's tasty but still needs 5-8 years and more.

Nose of black licorice anise, sweet tar, expresso grounds and perfumed decayed florals. Core fruits are black cassis, faint strawberries, expresso grounds, licorice anise, tar, dry florals, spice, cloves, touch of herbs, black tea leafs, silky fine dark minerality, stems, used leather, wood shavings and long medium tannin dry finish. It's tasty but still needs 5-8 years and more.

Sep 18th, 2016
Mitzi Inglis

Marketing/Public Relations, Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.5

Love this wine right now. from magnum. Biased review. #josephphelps #insignia

Love this wine right now. from magnum. Biased review. #josephphelps #insignia

Apr 18th, 2016
Will Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

9.7

Tasted it blind with my in-laws, they thought it couldn't be older than 2012. Incredible how much this wine has blossomed since its release - last night it had very generous blackberry, cassis, and vanilla, with a superb round, lengthy finish. Biased review, but still...

Tasted it blind with my in-laws, they thought it couldn't be older than 2012. Incredible how much this wine has blossomed since its release - last night it had very generous blackberry, cassis, and vanilla, with a superb round, lengthy finish. Biased review, but still...

Mar 5th, 2016