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Community Tasting Notes (165) Avg Score: 94.2 points

  • Decanted for 2.5 hours before service; while it was drinkable at that point, I think 6-8 hours would have been better. On the nose, initially some port-like reductive notes that quickly blew off to reveal a mix of crushed currants, damp forest, and a faint hint of smoky oak. On the palate, straight ahead Napa cab, with more currants, a bit of mid-palate sweetness, and some herbal/vegetal complexity waiting to show itself with more cellar time. The tannins are neither harsh nor dominant, but they're there, and I think another 5+ years will yield significant upside.

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  • In honor of Joseph Phelps. Decanted about 8 hours. Deep dark fruit flavors, fully integrated tannins, nice aromatic notes, eucalyptus. Everything you could ask for from a napa cab. Bravo!

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  • Tasted from a bottle in my seller using Coravin.

    Color: Very very dark purple - almost black. A beautiful violet near the edge is very notable when swirling the wine in the glass. Great clarity on the edge. Lots of legs noted on the sides of glass.

    Aroma: Incredible vibrant dark cherry and plum fruit with a hint of spice along with a definite sense of alcohol. A definitively big, but expressive wine.

    Initial Palate: Mouth-filling tannins the moment the wine hits the mouth, but really softening up in the back of the mouth. Very dark fruit initially becomes brighter and more red on the back and on the long finish. The finish is not nearly as long as the phenomenal 2002 vintage which just went on and on for minutes. Still, this is a rich and decadent wine.

    Subsequent tastes: The wine really changed quickly (to my surprise and delight) with time and swirling in glass (over a 10 to 20 minute period). Tannins softened and wine began to become round and quite elegant (but still big). More and more cherry with less plum and blackcurrant. Fruit now evident from beginning to end, becoming more complex.

    Overall impression: This is already a great sexy wine and with aging it should only evolve and get better. I did not pair with food, but there is no doubt that would also help soften the tannins and bring out the luscious fruit flavors.

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  • Not as presentable as last time I had it. OK finish. Either an off bottle or I was off. Group concurred. Decent, but boy this has been my favorite in the past.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/9/2012, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (Joseph Phelps Insignia) Very dark red violet color; ripe berry, black fruit, violets nose; tart black fruit, berry, tar palate; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish

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