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97
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Joseph Phelps 2010 Insignia Red (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $225
This is, as always, a gorgeous wine, rich, balanced and delicious. It shows classic Napa Valley ripeness, with blackberry jam, plum, dark chocolate and sweet oak flavors. Plush and velvety doesn’t begin to do it justice. Despite its fabulous lushness, this is a wine to age. Depending on your taste, it will provide excellence from now until 2030.  — S.H.  (12/31/2013)
97
points

Joseph Phelps 2004 Insignia Red (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $200
Tasted in October, 2007, the wine was mute, offering little aromatically except for teasing notes of blackberries and oak. That shyness extended to the taste, where strong, hard tannins provide an almost impenetrable coat of armor to what’s inside. But right down the middle of the palate is a deep, intensely powerful stream of perfectly ripened cassis that’s all…  — S.H.  (2/1/2008)
96
points

Joseph Phelps 2003 Insignia Red (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $165
One of the first, if not the first, of the proprietarily named Napa Bordeaux blends, Phelps Insignia has been one of California’s greatest Cabs for decades. This is their 30th anniversary bottling, and it’s worthy of the tradition. Ultrarich and smooth, with a mouthfeel that’s pure velvet, it’s fairly thick in tannins now, suggesting cellaring. But it’s huge in…  — S.H.  (3/1/2007)
96
points

Joseph Phelps 2001 Insignia Red (Napa Valley)

  1. $125
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. Just gorgeous right out of the bottle, but should develop effortlessly through…  — S.H.  (10/1/2004)
95
points

Joseph Phelps 2005 Insignia Red (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $200
This is not a wine for tonight, or next year, or for at least the next six years. It’s shut down in tannins, with an astringency that can’t be overcome even with decanting, although that won’t stop people from opening it before its time. Buried beneath the tannins are well-developed black currant, roasted meat and cedar flavors that define upscale Napa Cab. Really…  — S.H.  (5/1/2009)
95
points

Joseph Phelps 1997 Insignia Red (Napa Valley)

  1. $120
Opens with aromas of black cherry and pencil lead, fruitcake and cookie dough; now it’s all one big melange wrapped a bit tight. The balance and immense depth of fruit shine, even in this unevolved state. Standard dark-plum and chocolate notes are rendered with uncommon subtlety here. The finish goes on and on. Needs four to six years, but will last and last.  — W.E.  (11/1/2000)
94
points

Joseph Phelps 2007 Insignia Red (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $225
You have to count this as another great Insignia, dry and complex and ageworthy, although the tannins are fierce now, and it may lack just a bit of the glamor of, say, the 2004 or 2001. It’s certainly a big wine that floods the mouth with blackberry, black currant, cassis and new oak flavors. The tannins and acids make it aloof, resistant, tough. It wants time in…  — S.H.  (2/1/2011)
94
points

Joseph Phelps 2006 Insignia Red (Oakville)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $200
There are $15 Cabs that are better to drink now. This is so strong and fruity, so oaky, so tannic, it just overwhelms the palate in its extreme youth. Just massive in blackberries, black currants, coffee, cocoa, dried herbs and 100% new, smoky-sweet French. Ridiculous to open it anytime soon. Desperately needs time in the bottle, and the point score reflects…  — S.H.  (2/1/2010)
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