Insignia Vertical @ Joe C

Tasted Saturday, June 13, 1998 by mdefreitas with 347 views

Flight 1 - WHITES (1 Note)

  • 1990 Kalin Cellars Cuvée d'Or 93 Points

    USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Livermore Valley

    Golden color. Sweet honeyed tropical fruit and flowers on the nose and the palate. Wonderful lingering finish which stays with you forever. Great balancing act between the sweetness and the acidity. Excellent!

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Flight 2 - INSIGNIAS (11 Notes)

  • 1984 Joseph Phelps Insignia 58 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Medium red with a slightly orange rim. Big nose... unfortunately it wasn't very pleasant. A little green, with what appeared to be some "vinegary" aromas (volatile acidity?). Rather mild taste, which was a lot better than the nose. Over time, this wine deteriorated rapidly. This swift downward spiral was NOT a pretty sight to behold. Brave (masochistic?) souls kept going back to check if the depraved aromas would "blow-off". No such luck. A sulphuric component started to creep into this evil mix. A sinister wine. Move along folks... there's nothing to see here...

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  • 1985 Joseph Phelps Insignia 84 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Deep ruby color. Nice aromas of black fruits, spice, and eucalyptus. A pleasant wine, but a disturbingly short finish. Again, over time, I felt this wine lost some of it's charm. Good.

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  • 1986 Joseph Phelps Insignia 90 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Sweet fruit nose with a bit of herbs and earthiness to add complexity. Nice long, fruity finish. My only complaint was the low acidity. Seems to be peaking. With breathing, the wine improved. Very good.

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  • 1987 Joseph Phelps Insignia 86 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Unusual soy sauce and peppery aromas. Nice concentration of fruit. A pleasant but odd wine. Good.

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  • 1988 Joseph Phelps Insignia 87 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Mint, herbs, cassis and red fruits on the nose. Nice mouth-feel. Not bad, given the vintage. Short finish. Good.

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  • 1989 Joseph Phelps Insignia 87 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    A nice showing for a mediocre vintage. Cassis and spice, but a bit hot and alcoholic. Low tannis, low acid. A nice wine, but should probably be drunk soon. Good.

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  • 1990 Joseph Phelps Insignia 92 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Nice youthful, purple color. Fine fresh black fruits. A bit monolithic right now. Shows promise. Very good.

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  • 1991 Joseph Phelps Insignia 95 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Wow! Deep purple. Wonderful nose of cassis, herbs, spice and vanilla. Very concentrated, very youthful. Great mouth-feel. Wonderful balance of fruit, tannins, acid, and alcohol. A beautiful wine that drinks great now but will surely get better with age. I wish I had some in my cellar. With some breathing, the nose did seem to close up a bit. Excellent.

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  • 1992 Joseph Phelps Insignia 92 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Nice aromas of black fruits, herbs and licorice. Excellent concentration, but I couldn't help noticing a bit of heat on the palate. Nice fruity, herbal finish. Very good.

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  • 1993 Joseph Phelps Insignia 90 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Cassis, bell pepper, herbs, toasted oak. A pronoucned herbal streak that was not as evident in other Insignia vintages of the 90's I tasted. Still, a nice wine that is just in infant in terms of development. Will the herbal streak go away with time in the bottle? Pleasant spicy finish. Very good.

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  • 1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia 98 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    A truly mind-blowing wine, totally out-classing other Insignia's tasted at this vertical. This is my second tasting of this wine, and it seems to be getting better. A perfect balance of deep, piercing fruit with a solid backbone of tannins to ensure a long life. Wonderful secondary aromas of cedar and herbs (just enough to make it interesting, not herbaceous). Did I mention the explosive nose of crystallized cassis and spice? I could smell this wine all night. It got even better with an hour of breathing. Killer finish. Gosh I'm glad I have this wine in my cellar. So young, but oh so good! Profound.

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Flight 3 - MISC REDS (5 Notes)

Flight 4 - DESSERT (1 Note)

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