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2013 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 44

  • JBMcCrary Likes this wine: 95 points

    December 26, 2018 - Big inky purple but nose still a touch muted. Bold blue fruits and smooth tannins. Great bottle.

  • NarunP wrote: 91 points

    December 2, 2018 - This wine was raised in 100% new French oak barrels for two years. It is something of a rare breed these days in Napa Valley since it is neither a single varietal wine nor a site-specific wine. Rather, it is a traditional blend of Bordeaux varieties from various vineyards from all parts of the valley floor. Specifically, it comprises of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc.

    Vintage 2013 is much heralded. Some even said it's the "vintage of the century"! The growing season is long, hot, and dry. The first of three consecutive drought years. The berries are flavorful and concentrated. Even the seeds and stems are ripe! The result is well represented in the wine.

    Deep inky purple but freshly looking and brilliantly young with no sign of aging yet. The aromatics of crushed blackberry, plum, thyme and sage. The palate is firm but approachable. Tannin is present yet structured. Medium plus body and medium acidity. Blueberry, dark cherry, and still slightly grapey. Milk chocolate, black pepper, star anise, and mixed steak herb. Purity and sumptuousness.

    20 years ago, this wine would be controversial as its style is in the camp of what a lot of people called "modernist", i.e. ripe, explosive fruit forward, low acid and easily accessible on the younger side. Today, I would call this mainstream style of Napa cab. It is a great steakhouse wine that would stand up to any grill dishes. But that's about it. I would drink this within its 15th anniversary to enjoy the fruity side of it. 91/100.

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  • Kevnzworld wrote: 92 points

    November 23, 2018 - We decanted the wine two hours prior due to its youth
    The nose was muted, which I attribute to it’s age.
    Primary flavor of dark berries, a little spice and menthol on the finish. There’s moderate tannin and a few secondary leathery flavors.
    Full bodied, could possibly improve though it didn’t much tonight during the two hours we drank it with dinner. The flavors are still too primary and one note.
    I love some of the older better Insignia’s ( ‘97 and ‘02.) Though the 2013 has moderately high ratings for an Insignia, I can’t see it getting there

  • JonnyG Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 2, 2018 - From a magnum. A really impressive showing. Deep blue fruit, plum, lavender and graphite. Modest oak. Some soft spice. Silky texture.

  • esw423 Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 21, 2018 - Massive nose of blackberries and graphite. Same on the palate. Refined tannins and super long mouth-coating finish. Drank at Circa 1886 in Charleston.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • 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 Code 010465709608

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  • Pending Delivery 132 (1%)
  • In Cellars 11,488 (91%)
  • Consumed 1,067 (8%)

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