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2001 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine

  • Proprietary Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA98
  • WE96
  • W&S95
  • ST94
  • CG93
  • JR90

Reviews

WA98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2013
Still a young wine at age 12, the 2001 Insignia exhibits a dense purple color along with a sweet bouquet of camphor, blackberries, cassis, incense and spring flowers. Full-bodied, rich and heady with sweet tannin... Still a young wine at age 12, the 2001 Insignia exhibits a dense purple color along with a sweet bouquet of camphor, blackberries, cassis, incense and spring flowers. Full-bodied, rich and heady with sweet tannin, stunning concentration and a fabulous finish, this remarkable Insignia has 25 or more years of life ahead of it. 98+ - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WE96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, January 2013
A triumph. Aged nearly two years in all-new French oak this massive wine stuns with its superb balance. Manages the elusive challenge of reining in hugely ripe black currant cherry and oak flavors and sweet tannins while... A triumph. Aged nearly two years in all-new French oak this massive wine stuns with its superb balance. Manages the elusive challenge of reining in hugely ripe black currant cherry and oak flavors and sweet tannins while keeping the palate impression soft and alluring almost feminine...
W&S95
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, January 2013
This is a great vintage of Insignia, which means it's a great Napa cabernet that will last for decades. The balance is amazing, incorporating beautiful red fruit deepening to black cherry and darker berry, a lot of... This is a great vintage of Insignia, which means it's a great Napa cabernet that will last for decades. The balance is amazing, incorporating beautiful red fruit deepening to black cherry and darker berry, a lot of alcohol and a lot of oak holding it structured and strong. The texture is flawless, with tannins adding richness and earthy notes of black Stags Leap District soil. Those tannins seamlessly support the sweet blend of cabernet with a touch of petite verdot (8 percent) and malbec (3) extending the clean berry flavors long after each sip. Dynamic now, complex in ten years' time.
ST94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2013
...Wild aromas of black cherry black raspberry currant game espresso and licorice with a liqueur-like sweetness. Then fat broad and sweet with impressively deep flavors of black raspberry minerals and dark chocolate. Lush... ...Wild aromas of black cherry black raspberry currant game espresso and licorice with a liqueur-like sweetness. Then fat broad and sweet with impressively deep flavors of black raspberry minerals and dark chocolate. Lush and large-scaled but impressively well-balanced. The tannins are buried by fruit and mineral flavors on the very long finish.
CG93
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, January 2013
Far and away the more polished of the two showcase bottlings from Phelps this year's Insignia is simply bursting with well-extracted curranty fruit and is from its first sniff through to its very long finish a... Far and away the more polished of the two showcase bottlings from Phelps this year's Insignia is simply bursting with well-extracted curranty fruit and is from its first sniff through to its very long finish a luxuriant wine that is layered with gorgeous oak. It claims different territory than its sturdier partner below and it achieves a real sense of elegance without sacrificing richness or size...
JR90
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson, January 2013
First vintage with no Merlot. Bright crimson with blackish hints. Lively top notes with real refreshment. I'd have guessed more Cab Franc from the nose. But then lots of sweetness on the palate. And a certain... First vintage with no Merlot. Bright crimson with blackish hints. Lively top notes with real refreshment. I'd have guessed more Cab Franc from the nose. But then lots of sweetness on the palate. And a certain tarriness of texture. Still a little chewy and bitter. I wouldn't choose to drink this yet! 17/20

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