Red

1996 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 114

  • tinycellar Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 12, 2019 - It's like meeting an old friend taking this wine out of my cellar. Opened one hour prior to dinner and found the timing just about right with the wine still evolving positively throughout dinner. A true experience with an excellent CA red. Excellent nose with cherry, plum, black berries and tobacco. Palate was silky smooth with soft but not weak tannin and decent fruit. A very balanced act still. Maybe another year to go but not much more.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • dfcrutcher Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 1, 2019 - Nice soft tannins still with good structure and fruit. Clearly on the downhill side, though, so drink sooner than later.

  • unionst Likes this wine: 97 points

    November 8, 2018 - Tasted blind.
    Dark garnet color. Watery rim about to brick but not yet.
    Ripe red fruit, garagiste, spearmint, subtle brown sugar on the beautiful nose, evolves to include violets.
    Rich red fruit on the palate, focused, perfect balance, tannins are fully resolved. Guessed Margaux - definitely an Old World style. I think wine is at the apex of its drinking window.
    13.5% alcohol, I love Insignia and drinking the '96 makes me reminisce about this wine when made for finesse versus power. Sublime.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Streaker! Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 6, 2018 - Nice at pop and pour, improved over 3 hours open and pouring glasses. Scant sediment.

    Clear ruby with orange tint. Nose of marigold and dried lilly with leathery dark stone fruit, a variety of kitchen spice. Palate followed suit with great balance, resolved tannin. Finish lingered.

    Great window and not likely more to gain with age for me, next 1-5 years if I had more.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • passion4wine Likes this wine: 96 points

    November 25, 2017 - Served out of a magnum on 2017 Thanksgiving showing aromas of blackberry, black cherry, smoke, dried herbs and no lacking in ripe fruit, hints of tar and mocha. The 1996 Insignia is a wine in near perfect balance and harmony. Phenomenal showing for this pedigree Napa bordeaux blend. Showed no age or symptoms of decaying. drink this now and over the next 5-7 years. Wonderful.

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • 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 000000061681, 010465709509, 010465709608

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  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,567 (64%)
  • Consumed 883 (36%)

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