Red

1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 263

  • Jd6725 Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 29, 2020 - Great, aged napa. Not quite bordeaux-esque however. PNP, only needed 10 minutes of air. Didn't get better past that, and started to decline around the 1 hour mark. Didn't matter since it was gone by then. Well stored bottles should hold at least 5 years.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • nywine68 wrote: 94 points

    May 10, 2020 - Beautiful mature Cab. Very soft with tannins nearly completely melted away. Lots of fruit and freshness left. More red than black fruit with licorice and nice complexity.

  • Verb Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 16, 2020 - dark red, slight bricking on the rim - intense dark red fruit nose (cassis, blueberries, blackberries) but not much in the way of complex flavors - full-bodied mouth with excellent fruit-acid-tannin balance - medium length 15-20 sec finish - drinking beautifully now, but has all the elements to last another 10-15 years - was over-shadowed in the nose by the 1986 Mouton Rothschild drank at the same time, but was superior to the Mouton in the mouth because of the intense fruit and fuller body

  • levinml wrote: 94 points

    January 5, 2020 - Definitely on the downside, but good drinking nonetheless. Tannins resolved so not mouth searing. A little pruney, but good flavors and very balanced.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • kstatejim Likes this wine: 98 points

    January 3, 2020 - Just an hour in the nose came to life. No better way to celebrate our 25th! So elegant and smooth with cherry, tobacco and beautiful medium body. Perfect!

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vertical Tasting of Phelps Insignia (Apr 2016), 4/1/2016 (link)

    (Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 1994 Cabernets (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 1994 Cabernets (Jul 2015), 3/1/2015 (link)

    (Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/21/2013 (link)

    (Joseph Phelps, Insignia Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Dom Perignon, 12 Angry Men, Auction Lunch and a Holiday Party, 12/13/2004

    (Insignia) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/4/2013 (link) 93 points

    (Joseph Phelps Insignia) From magnum; ripe berry, blackberry, black currant nose; ripe berry, baked berry, black currant palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/15/2009 (link) 94 points

    (Joseph Phelps Insignia) Dark red violet color; bright, ripe cassis, raspberry nose; youthful, charming, cassis, blackberry palate with a touch of mint and depth; long finish 94+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1994
  • Type Red
  • Producer Joseph Phelps
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Insignia
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 010465709400, 010465709431, 010465709509, 010465709608

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (0%)
  • In Cellars 3,032 (60%)
  • Consumed 2,014 (40%)

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Drank with cheese

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