2006 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • WA 95
  • WS 94
  • ST 92

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Reg: $194.94

$164.94

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2009
The 2006 Insignia (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot; 16000 cases produced) is a superb effort in this vintage. Another 30+ year wine it boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice... The 2006 Insignia (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot; 16000 cases produced) is a superb effort in this vintage. Another 30+ year wine it boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as abundant notes of licorice black currants charcoal black olives and graphite. Full-bodied pure and rich with moderately high tannins it represents a California version of a Bordeaux from Pauillac or St.-Julien. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2045.In case you think the aging curves I have described are unrealistically long I have the Joseph Phelps regular Cabernets from the mid-seventies as well as the Insignias in my cellar and those wines are still drinking beautifully at 30+ years of age. Today's wines are better made.
WS 94
Wine Spectator, October 2009
Teasing with its floral spicy cherry wild berry and currant aromas this is full-bodied firm and structured tight and focused offering glimpses of what lies ahead with its complex mix of flavors and tightly wound tannins... Teasing with its floral spicy cherry wild berry and currant aromas this is full-bodied firm and structured tight and focused offering glimpses of what lies ahead with its complex mix of flavors and tightly wound tannins. Yet its finesse and refinement are apparent on the finish. Needs time. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2011 through 2018. 16900 cases made.
ST 92
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
92+ Bright medium ruby. Aromas of cassis, briary blackberry, mocha and black tea, plus a rocky, flinty minerality unlike any previous vintage of Insignia. Silky-sweet and fine-grained but with noteworthy energy to its... 92+ Bright medium ruby. Aromas of cassis, briary blackberry, mocha and black tea, plus a rocky, flinty minerality unlike any previous vintage of Insignia. Silky-sweet and fine-grained but with noteworthy energy to its dark berry, tar and mineral flavors. Finishes with huge tannins and slowly building length. This brooding, closed wine still needs time to absorb more of its tannins.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2006

Label

First produced from the iconic 1974 vintage, Phelps Insignia is the first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend produced in California. Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, each vintage is comprised of the best grapes from Joseph Phelps Vineyards, initially from both grower and estate fruit, and beginning with the 2004 vintage, from entirely estate-grown fruit sources. Grapes from six of the Joseph Phelps estate vineyards go into Insignia: Spring Valley Home Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena, Banca Dorada Vineyard on the Rutherford Bench, Las Rocas and Barboza Vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Yountville Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District and Suscol Vineyard in South Napa Valley.

Winery

Phelps, Joseph

In the late 1960’s, Joseph Phelps, a successful construction company owner from Colorado, came to the Napa Valley to build a winery for Souverain (now Rutherford Hill). Like many others, he fell in love with the region and the industry and in 1974, he completed construction on his own eponymously named Joseph Phelps Winery, just in time to harvest the first vintages of Syrah and Insignia. Four decades later, Phelps Insignia is recognized as one of the world’s great and most highly-rated wines.

Over the years, the goal of becoming 100% estate grown resulted in carefully planned acquisitions of prime vineyards in the Napa Valley. Since 2004, all Phelps wines are made from estate-grown fruit, including Phelps Insignia, the estate labeled Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier, the Oakville single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Backus’, Eisrebe, a dessert wine made from the Scheurebe grape, and Syrah from the Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard.

Joe Phelps also had a life-long love affair with the wines of Burgundy and a desire to craft wines in that style. He found the ideal spot for the perfect combination of climate, soil and location in Freestone, in the Sonoma Coast AVA. In 1999, he began developing 100 acres of vineyards just outside of Freestone and in 2005, construction began on a new winery. Today, 80 acres of Pinot Noir and 20 acres of Chardonnay produce remarkable estate-grown wines bearing the Joseph Phelps name under the Freestone label.