Red

2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 173

  • sdrucker1000 wrote: 95 points

    August 7, 2020 - Real deal Napa cab. Drank from vinturi on day 1. Exactly what you expect. So amazing they can get this quality given such huge production. Popped it 3 days later fully and perfect after 30 minutes.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • CJM wrote: 95 points

    June 21, 2020 - Clear, very deep garnet with very slight rim browning. White pepper, tar, leather, chocolate. Medium to high acids, medium to high tannins. Anise. Long slightly tannic finish.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • chitowncdpguy wrote:

    June 19, 2020 - My wife liked this a lot more than I did. I thought it was a little too hot, a little too oaked, and a little too ripe. YMMV.

  • hoservin wrote: 93 points

    June 13, 2020 - Decanted for one hour. Nose of blackberry, currant, tobacco and herbs. Black fruit, tobacco, spice, crushed rocks and fine tannins on the palate. Very long finish. Full bodied. Served with grilled picanha.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Wade Shanley Likes this wine:

    June 1, 2020 - Drank with Andy for his 50th. floral nose, Andy described it as "plumy". I found it to be a very balanced almost delicate wine compared to most Napa Cabs. Not a bruiser in any way, this had very nuanced flavors. I could definitely pick up the cab franc influence here. good stuff.

    2 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, 873922007620

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 50 (0%)
  • In Cellars 11,576 (74%)
  • Consumed 3,970 (25%)

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Community Recommendations

Beef Wellington, Short ribs and starchy starch, wagyu beef

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