2009 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine

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  • Proprietary Blend
  • 750ML
  • CG 96
  • WE 96
  • WA 95
  • ST 93
  • JS 92
  • WS 91
  • W&S 91

Reviews for 2009 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine

CG 96
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, December 2012
It is quite clear by now that 2009 is proving to be a standout year for Cabernet but within the crowd of outstanding wines this one holds its head just a bit higher. It is as Insignia always is a wine of exceptional... It is quite clear by now that 2009 is proving to be a standout year for Cabernet but within the crowd of outstanding wines this one holds its head just a bit higher. It is as Insignia always is a wine of exceptional crafting and polish and yet in this outing it seems to have an extra measure of richness and fruity strength not to mention plenty of grippy structural tannins. There is an almost brooding aspect about it that suggests that it is not yet even close to showing all that it has and it looks very likely to be among the more age-worthy and longest lived Insignias of recent years. Bravo!
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2012
Another great Insignia from Phelps continuing a streak that goes back for many years. Shows a mastery of the art of blending comprised of grapes from at least six vineyards scattered from Yountville to St. Helena. Right... Another great Insignia from Phelps continuing a streak that goes back for many years. Shows a mastery of the art of blending comprised of grapes from at least six vineyards scattered from Yountville to St. Helena. Right out of the bottle it's simply delicious a soft smoothly tannic wine rich in blackberry jam black currant blueberry raspberry dark chocolate and spice flavors. The wine which contains small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec is so powerful it easily carries 100% new French oak. Just gorgeous now and should develop bottle complexity for at least the next ten years.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2012
A gorgeous totally voluptuous wine the 2009 Insignia bursts from the glass with exuberant blue and black fruit grilled herbs cloves and cassis. In 2009 the Insignia is silky and polished yet there is considerable... A gorgeous totally voluptuous wine the 2009 Insignia bursts from the glass with exuberant blue and black fruit grilled herbs cloves and cassis. In 2009 the Insignia is silky and polished yet there is considerable underlying tannin that needs time to soften. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly to the huge structured finish. I imagine the 2009 Insignia will enjoy a broad drinking window. It is striking today but also clearly has the stuffing to age for many many years. The 2009 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Petit Verdot 4% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. -Antonio Galloni
ST 93
Stephen Tanzer - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, April 2016
93+ Bright dark ruby. Rather brooding aromas of cassis and licorice. Very young, even a bit medicinal today, conveying intense black fruit and chocolate flavors and an element of thickness leavened by fresh acidity. This... 93+ Bright dark ruby. Rather brooding aromas of cassis and licorice. Very young, even a bit medicinal today, conveying intense black fruit and chocolate flavors and an element of thickness leavened by fresh acidity. This extremely primary wine finishes very long but strongly tannic, with its finishing fruit currently dominated by its spine. This wine was easier to taste upon its release in late 2012 and still needs a lot of time in the cellar. The winery started doing longer maceration in 2008 and 2009, said Hepworth, who also told me that there was heat in September but that the fruit in many spots was not fully ripe when four inches of rain fell in mid-October. Insignia, however, was made with fruit that was in by then. Phelps rushed to pick in Suscol owing to some mold growth but declassified the affected fruit. "In 2009 we learned not to wait too long to pick," said Hepworth, who rates 2009 and 2011 the trickiest vintages since she took over winemaking responsibilities in 2008.
JS 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2011
A solid core of fruit with currants minerals fresh mint and stones. Full bodied and chewy. The mid palate should fill in later.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, August 2012
Combines deep ripe dark berry fruit with crushed rock cedar and lead pencil notes. A step back in richness and complexity for Insignia this is built for cellaring. Tannins have a green bitter edge. Cabernet Sauvignon... Combines deep ripe dark berry fruit with crushed rock cedar and lead pencil notes. A step back in richness and complexity for Insignia this is built for cellaring. Tannins have a green bitter edge. Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2024. -J.L.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2012
Extravagantly rich this seems to be perfumed by its tannins. Its heady gravelly power and spicy black fruit is cut short in the finish yielding to the wine's alcohol. With several years in bottle this will be ready to... Extravagantly rich this seems to be perfumed by its tannins. Its heady gravelly power and spicy black fruit is cut short in the finish yielding to the wine's alcohol. With several years in bottle this will be ready to decant for a thick cut rib eye.