Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley Red Wine

9.427 ratings
9.54 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
ADAM STROMFELD

Beautiful red fruit on the nose rolling expressive tannins. Milk chocolate layered with red berries. Soft and elegant perfect balance.

Beautiful red fruit on the nose rolling expressive tannins. Milk chocolate layered with red berries. Soft and elegant perfect balance.

Feb 20th, 2020
Joe D'Angelo

The 2016 ‘Insignia’ is an absolutely incredible showing, and is amongst the most compelling vintages I have yet to taste from the Estate. Composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec which spent 24 months in 100% new french oak. As this unwinds in the glass it begins to release its seductive aromatics of ripe dark currants, crème de cassis and blueberries along with fresh violets, pencil shavings, wild sage brush and exotic spices. On the palate this is full-bodied, with a gorgeous rich, opulent texture that is beautifully balance by a lovely touch if underlying acidity keeping it fresh and inviting all the way through the long enveloping finish. Displaying a remarkable combination of both power and precision, the 2016 is a total stunner and will go on to have a marvelous future for many years to come.

The 2016 ‘Insignia’ is an absolutely incredible showing, and is amongst the most compelling vintages I have yet to taste from the Estate. Composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec which spent 24 months in 100% new french oak. As this unwinds in the glass it begins to release its seductive aromatics of ripe dark currants, crème de cassis and blueberries along with fresh violets, pencil shavings, wild sage brush and exotic spices. On the palate this is full-bodied, with a gorgeous rich, opulent texture that is beautifully balance by a lovely touch if underlying acidity keeping it fresh and inviting all the way through the long enveloping finish. Displaying a remarkable combination of both power and precision, the 2016 is a total stunner and will go on to have a marvelous future for many years to come.

1 person found it helpfulJul 10th, 2019
Jen Revelli

Love it x10

Love it x10

Dec 4th, 2021
Paul K
9.4

Wrapping up a long weekend in Miami celebrating with friends.
Really good. The fruit is round. Get the Malbec and Petit Verdot. Classy finish that shows off the Cab Franc. This will improve with time as fruit settles down.

Wrapping up a long weekend in Miami celebrating with friends.
Really good. The fruit is round. Get the Malbec and Petit Verdot. Classy finish that shows off the Cab Franc. This will improve with time as fruit settles down.

Sep 27th, 2021
Steve Mohebi

DG club

DG club

Apr 13th, 2021
Mark Turner

This was the mystery bottle in our Super Tuscan tasting event. It was up against the 2016 Masseto, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Solaia, Tignanello, and Redigaffi. This wine was outstanding. Probably one of the top 5 vintages of Insignia since 1994 in my opinion. Deep purple color, blueberry, blackberry, chocolate, some lead pencil and earth on the nose. Super smooth and elegant on the palate. Really well balanced fruit, tannins, acid. Long elegant finish of dark fruit and earthy with a touch of spice that lingered beautifully. We decanted this and all others about 2.5 hours prior to tasting. Second favorite of the night behind the Masseto which was a force of nature.

This was the mystery bottle in our Super Tuscan tasting event. It was up against the 2016 Masseto, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Solaia, Tignanello, and Redigaffi. This wine was outstanding. Probably one of the top 5 vintages of Insignia since 1994 in my opinion. Deep purple color, blueberry, blackberry, chocolate, some lead pencil and earth on the nose. Super smooth and elegant on the palate. Really well balanced fruit, tannins, acid. Long elegant finish of dark fruit and earthy with a touch of spice that lingered beautifully. We decanted this and all others about 2.5 hours prior to tasting. Second favorite of the night behind the Masseto which was a force of nature.

Mar 11th, 2021
Hugh O'Riordan

Brought out big gun after shot . Better than Ibuprofen! Simply delicious. Long complex flavors, earth, fruit, long finish

Brought out big gun after shot . Better than Ibuprofen! Simply delicious. Long complex flavors, earth, fruit, long finish

Feb 8th, 2021
Luke Kilcup

A hard vintage to find if you’re not on the list. Very excited to enjoy this at roundhouse in SV!

A hard vintage to find if you’re not on the list. Very excited to enjoy this at roundhouse in SV!

Dec 24th, 2020
Christopher Leonard

This is going to be a stunner in 5 years. At that point it will be a 100 point wine. Too young now, but stay tuned!

This is going to be a stunner in 5 years. At that point it will be a 100 point wine. Too young now, but stay tuned!

Sep 6th, 2020
Skip Smyser

If you’re going to watch the National Football Championship, you better bring a real deal wine and this is the REAL DEAL! So young but so we’ll structured. Deep rich tannins. Great mouth feel and a Marvelous nose. Will improve for years!🍷🍷🍷🍷

If you’re going to watch the National Football Championship, you better bring a real deal wine and this is the REAL DEAL! So young but so we’ll structured. Deep rich tannins. Great mouth feel and a Marvelous nose. Will improve for years!🍷🍷🍷🍷

Jan 14th, 2020