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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California

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    • V97
    • JS95
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 97 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 95 James Suckling, 94 Wine Spectator, 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Other Info: Collectible Wines, Great Wine Gift

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 109022

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The 2008 Insignia boasts aromatic layers of dark roasted coffee and graphite. The seductive mouth-feel has excellent length, intensely ripe black fruit, minerality and creaminess that tie together seamlessly on the palate.

    Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia is a towering, statuesque wine bursting with blackberry jam, tar, spices, leather and licorice. It shows fabulous depth and richness backed up by serious, imposing tannins that suggest it has a long life. Ideally, the 2008 should be purchased by those who can be patient; it is not a wine for those seeking immediate gratification.

    97 Points
    Vinous / Antonio Galloni

    What a wonderful wine here. The nose shows a fabulous combination of dak fruits, chocolate, spices and caramel. The palate is silky textured with lots of ripe yet beautiful fruit and super silky, tight tannins. This is a balanced wine with all the potential to age for decades.

    95 Points
    James Suckling

    Dense and chewy, this is very tight and closed, but the glimpses of fruit offer tight mineral, crushed rock, graphite, dried currant, cedar and anise. Full-bodied and way too young to drink now, this needs time, but should provide years of rewarding drinking. Cab┬Černet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2026.

    94 Points
    Wine Spectator

    The 2008 reveals an opaque purple color in addition to blueberry and blackberry fruit notes intermixed with incense and violets. Barely approaching adolescence, it is still a grapy, primary, full-bodied beauty that will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring. It should drink well for 20-25 years.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    A glamorous wine, rich and complex, with lots going on. Lacks perhaps some of the depth of, say, the '03 and '04, more on a par with the 2007, but still a very fine Insignia. With rich blackberry and cassis flavors wrapped into thick tannins and fine new oak sweetness, it's nowhere ready to drink now.

    93 Points
    Wine Enthusiast
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    John the Bomb (2/8/2013)
    Adequate, lots of other more tasteful choices especially at this price level.
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