Cork was soft and came out in pieces. A very good insignia but not quite as solid as other older vintages I have had. Needed a an hour to hit its stride and faded after several hours more. Good amount of oak, rich fruit, good balance.
Elegant. In my opinion, near perfect at this stage. A quick table decant at a steak house and this did not disappoint. We were a party of 4, and fortunately for us, 2 were drinking beer. Their loss. Enjoyed over a 3 hour period and savored to the last sip. I will be buying a few of these
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(Joseph Phelps Insignia) The next flight began with a wine which had a shy nose, more on the alcohol and cedar side, a touch spiny with hints of anise, vanilla extract and some member of the cinnamon spice family. The wine was a little buttery on the palate with edges of cassis in its rich, supple profile. The wine was very tasty, smooth and with decent length. It did give me the impression of being a wine at its peak, though
(Joseph Phelps Insignia.) The wine held its own, although it gave an Aussie impression to some while Ray was on a Tertre Roteboeuf kick. .Harlan?. I wrote. The wine was milky, satiny and long, garage-ish but Cali Cab I was righteously convinced. Big boy came up with the big guess of .Insignia. and noted its .banana and dill,. although Mike said it was .too sexy for Cali,. but I am not sure what he meant. There were meaty, blue fruits to this outstanding wine that I honestly thought was Harlan
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