Red

1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 493

  • Ben Christiansen wrote:

    April 22, 2019 - A little corky but otherwise really darn awesome.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • jsmorris707 Likes this wine: 98 points

    April 4, 2019 - Double decanted 30 min, med. ruby, black cherry with a touch of tobacco, clearly still CA, soft/med. tannins, long finish; outstanding & near perfect, ready to drink. Had at boys night at my house last night & went beautifully with the veal chop

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 14, 2019 - Had this on my 60th. Still vibrant dark garnet, showing just a bit of age. Completely tertiary bouquet of old saddle leather, autumn leaves, and cedar. In the mouth this is wonderfully harmonious and smooth as glass, yet at the same time rich and unctuous. Soft cocoa flavor spreads out beautifully across the palate, leading to a long, soft, satisfying finish. At its peak now, no need to wait any longer, I see little upside ahead. 5-13-17-9: 94/100.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • Lipsman wrote: 93 points

    December 25, 2018 - An elegant Cabernet, all silk and velvet. Poised and balanced with ample fruit. Drinking superbly now.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • RickyT12 Likes this wine: 96 points

    November 12, 2018 - Splash decanted. Man this wine is sooo good.
    Drinking about as good as an Insignia can get. Well rounded, velvety mouth feel. Good fruit, but not overpowering. Blueberry, black currant, hint of tobacco, cedar box. Acid is medium minus. So well integrated.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/21/2013 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/12/2002 (link)

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/17/2011 (link) 93 points

    (Joseph Phelps Insignia) Very dark red violet color; ripe berry, blackberry, black currant nose; juicy, tasty, black currant, tart berry palate; long finish (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot)

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/25/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Joseph Phelps Insignia) Very dark red violet color; deep berry, cassis, spicy plum nose with a touch of smoke; tasty, rich, poised, ripe blackberry, boysenberry, ripe black fruit palate; medium-plus finish (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot)

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/28/2009 (link) 94 points

    (Joseph Phelps Insignia) From magnum - dark red violet color; black currant, satsuma plum, berry, sage nose; plush cassis, berry, black fruit, baked plum palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • 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 010465708908, 010465709509, 010465709608, 010465709622

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 80 (1%)
  • In Cellars 8,497 (63%)
  • Consumed 4,858 (36%)

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Community Recommendations

drank w/ Ben and Alex on Cape w/ pork rib and tenderloin

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