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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1992
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California


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    • WS94
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    Professional Ratings: 95 The Wine Advocate, 94 Wine Spectator

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 102944

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Because of warm summer temperatures during the 1992 growing season, harvest came early and crop levels were high. As part of good vineyard management, and to enhance the quality and flavor of the ripening grapes, our vineyard crew meticulously combed each row, removing immature clusters to increase crop uniformity, and thinning the leaf canopy to enhance berry color. By September, our efforts had paid off as we observed ripe, deeply-pigmented fruit hanging in our Las Rocas and Manley Lane vineyards. Although the harvested grapes contained slightly higher tannins than the previous vintage, the significantly lower acid levels provided superb balance and texture. The finished wine has deep, smoky aromas, lush blackcurrant fruit flavors, and a long,l silky finish. We expect it to age gracefully for many years.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 1992 Insignia, the flagship proprietary wine of the Joseph Phelps portfolio, is a 67% Cabernet Sauvignon / 33% Merlot blend. The wine is extraordinary, with an opaque purple color, a big, spicy, licorice, vanillin, smoky, cassis-scented nose, sweet, ripe, massive flavor concentration, and well-integrated acidity and tannin, which make for an unctuous texture and a juicy mouthful of wine. It should drink well for 20+ years. It may be the most opulent and hedonistic Insignia since the debut release in 1974.

    95 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Starts with a slight earthiness but then quickly shows a ripe, plush, generous core of complex currant, black cherry, anise, sage and blackberry that's youthful, vibrant and remarkably complex. Aging very gracefully.--'92 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2012. 4,783 cases made.

    94 Points
    Wine Spectator
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