1976 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine

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  • Proprietary Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 96
  • JG 94

Reviews for 1976 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine

WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 1994
This profound Cabernet Sauvignon remains one of the single greatest Cabernets I have tasted. Still young and amazingly fresh and lively the saturated purple color with garnet hues creeping in is followed by a huge... This profound Cabernet Sauvignon remains one of the single greatest Cabernets I have tasted. Still young and amazingly fresh and lively the saturated purple color with garnet hues creeping in is followed by a huge mind-blowing bouquet of pure black-raspberry and curranty fruit minerals licorice and violets. A wine of legendary proportions it is fabulously concentrated rich and superbly well-balanced. Still possessing copious quantities of tannin it can be drunk now but it promises to evolve for at least two more decades. This wine has consistently been one of the greats! Over 90% of the grapes came from Napa's Eisele Vineyard near Calistoga.
JG 94
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, February 2014
The 1976 Phelps Insignia is essentially the Eisele Vineyard bottling in this drought year, as the Insignia did not become a more merlot-influenced Bordeaux blend until the 1977 vintage, and the first three vintages this... The 1976 Phelps Insignia is essentially the Eisele Vineyard bottling in this drought year, as the Insignia did not become a more merlot-influenced Bordeaux blend until the 1977 vintage, and the first three vintages this cuvée was envisioned as the top of the line, cabernet sauvignon bottling from the winery. Consequently, the 1976 is ninety-four percent cabernet from the Eisele Vineyard. It has been a few years since I last reported on this great wine, with my most recent bottle showing a bit more of the influence from this very arid vintage, with the bouquet offering up scents of roasted cassis, eucalyptus, a touch of tariness, Cuban cigar smoke, a beautiful base of soil, espresso and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and still fairly structured, with a bit of backend tannin still perking up the finish, a great core of fruit and outstanding length and grip on the balanced and complex finish. A beautiful bottle. 2010-2035+.