1994 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine

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  • Proprietary Blend
  • 3L
  • WA 95
  • ST 93
  • WS 93

Reviews for 1994 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine

WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 1997
The 1994 Insignia is an exhilarating wine. Is it better than 1995 and 1996? I do not know but it is unquestionably a fabulous wine. Made from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc it possesses... The 1994 Insignia is an exhilarating wine. Is it better than 1995 and 1996? I do not know but it is unquestionably a fabulous wine. Made from a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc it possesses lavish richness a velvety texture extraordinary aromatics (allspice cassis fruitcake cedar coffee herbs and black fruits) full body and a blockbuster finish. How many wineries can produce over 10000 cases of a wine at this compelling level of quality? The wine is so drinkable that it is hard to resist but it will last for 20 years. The first time I had it I remember thinking the 1974 Insignia would only last 8-10 years because it was so supple and rich yet it remains in fine shape today! This was one of the first wineries to produce a proprietary red wine the 1974 Insignia and there have been some great ones over the years - 1974 1975 1976 1980 and every vintage since 1991. The newest Insignias are all extra special wines that beg for attention. Fortunately the production is close to 10000-12000 cases although because of the extremely low yields in 1996 production only reached 8000 cases. This wine which spends 26 months in 100% new oak casks is a blend of some of the finest single vineyard parcels owned by the winery.
ST 93
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
Healthy bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, tobacco, truffle and smoke are distinctly darker than those of the 1990. Wonderfully suave, fine-grained wine with superb intensity and retention of dark fruit... Healthy bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, tobacco, truffle and smoke are distinctly darker than those of the 1990. Wonderfully suave, fine-grained wine with superb intensity and retention of dark fruit flavors. Harmonious acidity and a firm tannic spine give this wine noteworthy thrust and extend the finish. The wine's 10% Merlot component was partly from the cooler Hudson and Hyde vineyards in Carneros. This impeccably balanced wine remains remarkably fresh.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2004
A tremendous wine that combines dark rich deeply concentrated flavors with a sense of grace and finesse. This is still a bold potent youngster with a wealth of currant mocha anise and sage flavors. The tannins are big too... A tremendous wine that combines dark rich deeply concentrated flavors with a sense of grace and finesse. This is still a bold potent youngster with a wealth of currant mocha anise and sage flavors. The tannins are big too but they're ripe and they let the rich flavors push through.--California Cabernet '74/'84/'94 retrospective. Drink now through 2010. 8000 cases made. (JL)