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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 140 
ProducerJoseph Phelps (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationNapa Valley
UPC Code(s)010465709608

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2013 (based on 79 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Joseph Phelps Insignia on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 276 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by levinml on 3/21/2015 & rated 91 points: Has all of the components of a great wine, but in the end it just doesn't taste good enough for a big score. In fact, nose and initial flavor are great, but somehow the finish is off. It's not a skunky, flawed or over the hill flavor, just not what we want. (1252 views)
 Tasted by bwiggans on 12/20/2014 & rated 93 points: Loved it - very smooth. Went great with a grilled rib eye and with no food at all!! (2072 views)
 Tasted by T.E.D. on 12/2/2014 & rated 92 points: U Club selection - dense and meaty, dark berrys, a bit if evergreen, some earth and mineral. Definitely consistent with other reviews, the wine is matured and ready. (2391 views)
 Tasted by Dexter Morgan on 11/25/2014 & rated 95 points: Deep crimson appearance, with an intoxicating bouquet that stops you in your tracks. Ripe, mature blackberry, cherry, cassis, and chocolate aromas are laced with back notes of fresh thyme, tarragon, new leather, and wintergreen. The palate is rich, decadent, and unctuously seductive, unfurling waves of layers, textures, and flavors that feature a core of black fruit, sultry spices, sweet tannin, and an underlying element of umami. This has glorious length, balance, and intensity. Gains tremendous traction on the long, medicinal finish. A beautiful, beautiful wine. (2050 views)
 Tasted by Genghis88 on 10/18/2014 & rated 92 points: CAD Thanksgiving @ Chez Carmichel's with the Gang

Dark brick in color, three hour decant
Black cherry, woody hints, pipe tobacco, leather, chocolate
Nutmeg/cloves, saltiness, blueberries, red licorice. Palate is like nose.
This is a sophisticated wine with lots of depth. A great journey. (2560 views)
 Tasted by ctmilner on 10/11/2014 & rated 93 points: still wonderful. Lovely spice and black fruits. (2175 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/20/2014 & rated 92 points: Really expected more but still very nice not going to do much more very integrated at this time qpr terrible but name showy (1701 views)
 Tasted by ocfriday on 9/16/2014 & rated 94 points: Unbelievable - the best of the case so far. Opened it 30 minutes before - decanted and drank. That is the key, does not need long decanting. (1769 views)
 Tasted by Old Joe on 8/21/2014 & rated 93 points: Still outstanding (1953 views)
 Tasted by Jump29 on 5/27/2014 & rated 90 points: Decanted and let breathe for about an hour. Smooth but perhaps too smooth due to maturity. (2573 views)
 Tasted by ctmilner on 4/21/2014 & rated 93 points: Still drinking very well. Wonderful spice on the nose. Spice and black fruit on the pallet. Opened and decanted about 1.5 hours before drinking. (2649 views)
 Tasted by ocfriday on 2/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Refined. Old world in structure. Not too complicated or with a lot aof depth. Very enjoyable and nearing its end. Time to drink the others through 2014. (3112 views)
 Tasted by KPB on 2/2/2014 & rated 90 points: I enjoyed this wine, which seems to be at its peak. Minty nose, black cherry fruit, lively yet somehow lacking in any kind of really distinctive character. Very good but not exceptional. (3116 views)
 Tasted by JS1056 on 12/24/2013 & rated 93 points: Excellent. Dark fruit, earthy leather and some cedar. Finish just kept going. Blew away the Staglin 1997. I think this wine will hold up for several more years but there is no point waiting. (3075 views)
 Tasted by ocfriday on 11/30/2013 & rated 92 points: Old world mellow nose of licorice, espresso and currants. Medium to full body, lush mid-palate, and a sweet finish with no edges.

Drinking very nice and did not have the issues I had with the cork falling apart on my earlier bottle. (2903 views)
 Tasted by levinml on 10/27/2013 & rated 92 points: Perfectly excellent weeknight wine. Nice flavor, balance and length. Great value at $20/btl. (3041 views)
 Tasted by kenv on 10/3/2013 & rated 92 points: WCC 2000 Bordeaux Blind (Dorato's Resturant, Guilderland, NY): [Double decanted at 1pm.] More flamboyant and fruit-forward nose. Silky and soft in the mouth. Appealing but short compared to 2 (2000 du Tertre). This ringer didn't fool anyone. Lots of folks guessed it was from California. Tied for #3 Group WOTN. (3312 views)
 Tasted by ocfriday on 10/1/2013 & rated 93 points: My goodness ... Cork fell apart on opening, but the wine was in great shape. Great fuit upon opening and smoothed out classically after a few hours in the decanter. Was a show stopper at dinner.

Not sure it will improve much with more cellaring - so drink up. (2795 views)
 Tasted by Old Joe on 7/7/2013 & rated 93 points: this wine still has a lot of life to it. first tasted it right after opening and it was a hit, decanted it and had it over a two hour period and it just got better and better (3420 views)
 Tasted by joet626 on 6/28/2013 & rated 92 points: My last bottle! Still tasted lively and of chocolate covered cherries. Had along with the 2002 and 2009 offering and this was right there with the 2002. Really liked it. Finish was great--kept going and going (3078 views)
 Tasted by ajcords on 2/28/2013 & rated 95 points: I have never had a bottle of Insignia I didn't enjoy and this 2000 was lip smacking good. Lots of fruit with aromas of cherry pie and dark chocolate. Decanted for 2 hours and second day was just as tasty. (4515 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/4/2013 & rated 94 points: What a tempting glass of wine. Some chocolate, sweet spices, sweet licorice, soft tannin and beautiful acidity. Very smooth, luxurious and complex. Completely ready now and no real hurry. Delicious wine. (5465 views)
 Tasted by Humblewineguy on 12/25/2012 & rated 94 points: My last bottle of the 2000. Like saying goodbye to an old friend. I won't repeat my previous review. This one is a family favorite. Decanted for two hours. (4884 views)
 Tasted by Humblewineguy on 11/23/2012 & rated 94 points: We love this wine! Deep, deep glass staining red in color. Packed with dark red fruit. Big nose and silk on the palate. A long pleasant finish that leaves you longing for more. Be sure to decant for at least an hour before drinking. (4781 views)
 Tasted by jbouchy on 11/10/2012 & rated 91 points: Decanted and aired for one hour. Dark garnet in color. Big nose that screams Insignia. Nicely balanced and aged well. For my palate this wine is probably at its peak and will be sliding downhill from here. The back palate was very average and did not have the depth of other vintages. (4746 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
(Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102
(Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/21/2004)
(Joseph Phelps Insignia) Good blackberry, vanilla nose; seamless blackberry, vanilla, cassis palate on top of sweet tannins  95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/29/2003)
(Joseph Phelps Insignia) Concentrated, cassis, blackberry palate with sweet tannins, surprisingly drinkable now; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/1/2003)
(Joseph Phelps Insignia) Beautiful blueberry nose; big, concentrated, structured berry, blackberry palate; medium-plus finish  94 points
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Joseph Phelps

Producer website

In the late 60s, Joseph Phelps was running one of the largest construction companies in the U.S. when he won the bid to build Souverain Winery (now Rutherford Hill) located a few miles outside of St. Helena. Enamored with the beautiful Napa Valley and contemplating a career change, in 1973 he bought the 600-acre Connolly cattle ranch in Spring Valley, and began planting vineyards. The winery was completed in 1974 and that same year the first Syrah was made, the first grapes were crushed at the new facility and the first Insignia was produced. It was a period of unparalleled activity, creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and risk-taking and it put Joe Phelps on the map of top Napa Valley wine producers.

Nearly four decades later, the flagship wine, Insignia, is recognized as one of the world’s great wines. Twenty nine of 34 vintages have been rated ninety or more points by various wine publications. From 1990 to 2007, the average score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate is 94.5 pts., with the lowest score still a fabulous 91. The 2002 vintage was “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator Magazine, and the 2007 vintage has been rated 98 points by Robert Parker and 96 points by Wine Spectator Magazine.
Over the years, the goal of becoming 100% estate grown resulted in carefully planned acquisitions of prime vineyards in the Napa Valley. Today, the Phelps estate consists of the Spring Valley Home Ranch outside of St. Helena, Banca Dorada in Rutherford, Las Rocas and Barboza vineyards in Stags Leap, Yountville Vineyard in Oak Knoll, Suscol Vineyard in South Napa and Backus Vineyard in Oakville.

Beginning with the 2009 vintage, estate-grown wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Insignia, Backus (the single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville) and Eisrébe, a dessert wine made from the Scheurebe grape. In addition, a small amount of Syrah is produced from fruit owned by Hyde Vineyards in Los Carneros.

Though the main focus is on Bordeaux varietals, Joe Phelps has had a life-long love affair with the wines of Burgundy and a desire to craft wines in that style. Originally Chardonnay was sourced from St. Helena, later from Yountville and then from Los Carneros. Through the years, however, Joe continued to search for the ideal spot to grow both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and his search ended when the perfect combination of climate, soil and location was found in Freestone, located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, a mere eight miles from the Pacific Ocean. In 1999, 200 acres were acquired and planting began. Today, 80 acres of Pinot Noir and 20 acres of Chardonnay are producing some remarkable wines which are available for tasting at the Freestone Guest Center. Visit Freestone Vineyards to learn more.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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