Red

2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 149

  • emoyzes wrote: 91 points

    September 29, 2019 - Textbook Napa cab. Drink now.

  • levinml wrote: 92 points

    September 14, 2019 - First taste of this vintage. Maybe I'm getting old and jaded (or losing my taste buds), but nothing stood out to me. Certainly well made and serious, but not sure I could differentiate from a Beringer Knight's Valley cuvee. Guess that's on me.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Roentgen Ray Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 11, 2019 - Dark purple garnet color.
    Beautiful aromatics in the glass.
    Dark fruit, graphite, clove, funky herbal notes, and black pepper that is displayed on a brightly acidic and grippingly tannic frame.
    Drink or Hold. No rush here.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • 87tellub Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 1, 2019 - PnP tasting pour, and then a 3-4 hour decant, with the notes not changing much post the decant. Softer is about the only real difference I noted.

    Dark purple and nealy opaque and the rim and core. Lovely delicate nose that is floral and cigar box along with blackberry and black cherry; spiced crumb-cake; some summer sausage. Palate has good power and some grippy tannins. Dark fruit and cocoa. Great complexity on the nose and good typicity on the palate here.

    Nothing revelatory but met decent expectations.

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

    July 26, 2019 - Decanted 90 minutes. Beautiful floral aroma with sweet fruit. Cigar, bit of vanilla, blackberry, and a whole lot more. Paired with NY strips. Delicious with a great finish that went on and on. Served at my daughter's birthday dinner.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/20/2012 (link) 91 points

    (Joseph Phelps Insignia) Very dark red violet color; appealing, tart berry, plum, black fruit nose; tight, cassis, tart black currant palate; needs 6-7 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • 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 010465709608, 045412087508

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 61 (0%)
  • In Cellars 11,407 (76%)
  • Consumed 3,534 (24%)

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Community Recommendations

Beef Wellington, Short ribs and starchy starch, wagyu beef

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