Joseph Phelps Insignia

2012 / 750 ml. | Item #: 41008

RP96+ VN96 WE95 SP93 WS92
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Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc

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Critical Acclaim

RP96+ Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 30th Oct 2014

"Joseph Phelps’ flagship wines include the incredibly ageworthy Insignia. The 2012 Insignia Proprietary Red is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, all aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. The vintage was of such high quality and quantity that 17,500 cases were produced. A magnificent Insignia that will be bottled in several months, it boasts an opaque purple color as well as fabulous notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrant liqueur, camphor, barbecue smoke and spice box. Rich, full-bodied and opulent with plenty of tannin and structure lurking beneath the extravagant generosity of fruit, this stunning 2012 should drink well for 25–30+ years." (96–100 pts.)

VN96 Vinous Oct 2015

"Just bottled, the 2012 Insignia is rich, voluptuous and racy to the core. Raspberry jam, mocha, wild flowers, spices and espresso are laced together in a sensual, enveloping Insignia that should drink well with minimal cellaring. I imagine the 2012 will reward readers with a long drinking window of pure pleasure. Today, it is a total knock-out." (96 pts.)

WE95 Wine Enthusiast 12/1/2015

"In this vintage, the producer’s beloved blend is a commingling of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Two years in new French oak give it a youthful, tannic nature around smoky black cherry, burly leather and full-bodied richness and concentration. Further time in the bottle should coax out the blackberry and cherry; cellar through 2027." (95 pts.)

SP93 Wine Spectator Oct 15, 2015

"Packs a wallop, perhaps overly so, with extracted dark berry flavors and tannic muscle. The drying sensation on the finish distracts from the ripe blackberry, earth, cedar and gravel notes. Aromas of cassis, currant and blackberry offer more promise. Either way, this is built to cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2030. 15,000 cases made." (93 pts.)

WS92 Wine & Spirits October 1, 2015

"This vintage of Insignia is 75 percent cabernet sauvignon, 10 percent each merlot and petit verdot, with the balance in malbec and franc. It’s Phelps’s most ambitious red, wearing its oak aging like a thick velvet curtain, but one that pulls aside to reveal deeply saturated flavors of plum, black cherry, cedar and tobacco. There’s some delicacy to the wine, apparent in a hint of lavender and rose, carried along on a gracious finish. A great vintage of Insignia, worthy of long aging in a cool cellar." (92 pts.)

California

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United States

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More Information
SKU 41008
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Joseph Phelps Insignia
Country United States
Region California
District Napa Valley
Product Location - Location-Appellation Napa Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Packaging - Non-Standard and Special N/A
Proof/Alcohol by Volume N/A
Brand Joseph Phelps
Brand URL N/A
Bottles per Case 12
Spirit/Port Style N/A
Vintage 2012
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Critical Acclaim N/A
Premier Pick No
Awards and Accolades N/A
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Organic Description N/A
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Body N/A
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Food Pairing N/A
Occasion Pairing N/A
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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