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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California

    Ratings

    • RP100
    • WS97
    Price: $329.00
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 100 The Wine Advocate, 97 Wine Spectator, 95 Wine Enthusiast, 94 International Wine Cellar, 93 Wine & Spirits

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Other Info: Great Wine Gift, Collectible Wines

    Item no. 10677

    Winemaker's Notes:

    With complex aromas of black cherry, plum, chocolate, currant and toasty oak, the wine displays layers of flavor and richness that disguise its power and longevity. Beautifully crafted and balanced, the 1997 Insignia reflects a new level of quality from both the vineyards and the growing regions.

    Critical Acclaim:

    An inky/plum/purple color is accompanied by a stunning bouquet of violets, charcoal, creme de cassis and a hint of toast. Prodigious when it hits the palate with a full-bodied expansiveness, there is not a hard edge to be found in the 1997, only velvety tannins, compelling depth and fruit intensity, and stunning purity. It is a perfect expression of Napa viticulture and wine that should continue to age effortlessly for two decades or more.

    100 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Dense, rich and focused, youthful and concentrated, with hints of maturity on the edge of the core currant, mineral and spicy berry flavors. Wonderful vibrancy and intensity for a wine this age, which only bodes well for the future. A classic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

    97 Points
    Wine Spectator

    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.

    95 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Full ruby. Supersweet aromas of blackberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, espresso and tobacco. Thick and seamless yet bright and sharply defined. Very long and spicy on the aftertaste, with excellent grip. Sweet tannins coat the teeth. Williams says the selection for Insignia is based on quality and concentration rather than on a particular flavor profile.

    94 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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