2002 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine

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  • Proprietary Blend
  • 1.5L
  • WA 98
  • CG 96
  • WS 96
  • ST 92

Reviews for 2002 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine

WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012
The 2002 Insignia (a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Merlot 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) is performing even better than it did post-bottling. A cross Napa County blend of some of their finest vineyard sources it... The 2002 Insignia (a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Merlot 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) is performing even better than it did post-bottling. A cross Napa County blend of some of their finest vineyard sources it offers a super-sweet nose of creme de cassis charcoal incense cedar and forest floor full body and silky tannins. It is one of the few Napa Cabernet Sauvignon blends that is world-class capable of 30+ years of cellaring and made in abundant quantities (between 8000-15000 cases). I remember tasting the 1974 Insignia in the late 1970's and stating that it would need to be drunk in its first 5-6 years of life. Wrong. That wine which is now 38 years of age is still a beauty!
CG 96
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, December 2005
...Once again showing the extraordinary combination of polish fruity depth and wonderfully rich oak that is particular to the very best of the Insignia lineup this concentrated intensely aromatic wine comes up long on... ...Once again showing the extraordinary combination of polish fruity depth and wonderfully rich oak that is particular to the very best of the Insignia lineup this concentrated intensely aromatic wine comes up long on character and style. Its evident ripeness is manifest in a touch of last-minute heat but its fleshy feel superb balance and neatly fit tannin bring it a peerless sense of refinement...
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2005
A rich polished seductive style with layers of complexity built around a dense concentrated mix of currant blackberry plum and exotic mocha- and cedar-scented oak. This mouthcoating young wine is powerful yet elegant and... A rich polished seductive style with layers of complexity built around a dense concentrated mix of currant blackberry plum and exotic mocha- and cedar-scented oak. This mouthcoating young wine is powerful yet elegant and deftly balanced finishing with a long succulent aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2008 through 2014. 15000 cases made. –JL
ST 92
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
92+ Full red-ruby. Slightly roasted, high-toned black raspberry nose show a slightly pruney ripeness (the VA here was a relatively elevated 0.85). Creamy, plush and sweet, displaying excellent breadth and... 92+ Full red-ruby. Slightly roasted, high-toned black raspberry nose show a slightly pruney ripeness (the VA here was a relatively elevated 0.85). Creamy, plush and sweet, displaying excellent breadth and still-considerable baby fat. This was quite flashy on release but now seems to be in an adolescent phase. Big, building tannins saturate the tongue and front teeth. Winemaker Hepworth described it as "like a teenager, and without the suavity of tannins of the 2001." I'd leave it alone for at least a couple more years, at which point it may well merit a higher score.