Opened and decanted for a few hours before serving. Drank right after a '98 Luce and originally the stark difference in styles made this wine feel a bit over the top and quite honestly jammy. That faded a bit with some time and then it was just that wonderful ripe blackberry that I appreciate in an Insignia and a touch of the earth and overall a very approachable and lovely wine.
John comes to town! (Amali (115 E 60th Street, NY, NY)): For me up there with the 1992 Montelena Estate for the WOTN and I think if this had a few more years it would have taken it. Seemed pretty young to me still. Very soft, good fruit, I'm looking forward to drinking ours (but thinking we may want to wait a few years). I suspect also the drinking window only going till 2019 is incorrect - this prob had another 10 years at least in it.
Drank with a friend over evening hors d'oeuvres following a brief decant..Still outstanding! Dark ruby with almost no sediment giving a brooding nose of dark fruit.
The fruit has decayed slightly, for the worse, yet still giving immense tasting pleasure with soft mouth feel and long, long finish. Not much stuffing here so those of use who love these wines for their fruit should drink up soon
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(JOSEPH PHELPS INSIGNIA) #3; VaynerPAZZZ (on QPR); NOSE-very attractive, good dark licorice, black currant, big, luscious; TASTE-these are VERY young, has similar issues to Opus1, ;but is more lush & better mouth-feel, very smooth on the mid-palate, but too dry and off-centered on the finish, black cherry, raspberry, cassis, hint of vanilla & oak; nice, but not astonishing, RP-91; WS-90; GV-90
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