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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California


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    Professional Ratings: 97 Connoisseurs' Guide, 95 The Wine Advocate, 95 Wine Enthusiast, 94 Wine & Spirits, 93 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 96082

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The initial blend assembled in April of '06 was quite reticent. Not until early ‘07 did the wine "blossom" in barrel showing amazing depth, texture and vibrant fruit qualities. Deeply colored, concentrated and layered, with floral, anise, black cherry and graphite aromas, this wine is classically structured with excellent acidity, well-balanced tannins and a mouth-staining, persistent finish.
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    Critical Acclaim:

    92% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Petit Verdot; 1% Merlot. This year's version of Insignia is a stunning wine that vies for very top honors of the vintage. Its utterly enveloping aromas of perfectly ripe currants, creamy oak and dried violets are followed up in the mouth with wonderfully extracted, carefully proportioned Cabernet flavors that go on and on. The wine is lush yet solidly structured with a fine sense of balance and tannin right where it should be, and, as good as the wine will be in its youth, it will be better yet with age.

    97 Points
    Connoisseurs' Guide

    Since 2004, 100% of the Bordeaux varietals used in the Insignia proprietary blend have been from estate vineyards. The beautiful, dense ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Insignia (a 12,500-case blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot) possesses sweet aromas of black cherries, cassis, chocolate, camphor, and a subtle hint of roasted herbs. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, with a European style imposed on the rich, velvety, California fruit, this cuvee will benefit from several years of bottle age, and should easily keep for three decades.

    95 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    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 fine and distinguished, a wine to cellar and enjoy for many years.

    95 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    This vintage of Insignia is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (92%), blended with small amounts of Petit Verdot and Merlot, sourced from Phelps's estate vineyards in Rutherford, Stags Leap District, south Napa and St. Helena. For now, it's a sleek wine, with black currant flavors equal to a substantial presence of oak. The tannins are superripe and luxurious; they gain detail with air, becoming more mineral while allowing a fresh scent of roses to come forward. Accessible now for its richness, this will yield more complex pleasures with ten years of age.

    94 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    92% cabernet sauvignon with 7% petit verdot and 1% merlot; bottled the month before my visit) Bright ruby-red. Highly complex nose melds currant, black licorice, lead pencil, mocha, bitter chocolate and fresh herbs. Deep and sweet in the middle, with juicy acidity giving shape to the concentrated, silky flavors of cassis and dark chocolate. This, too, is downright Bordeaux-like. Finishes with broad, lush tannins and excellent length. This has fleshed out nicely since I tasted it from barrel a year ago but should still be kept for a minimum of five or six years.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    Smooth, supple and complex, offering wonderful aromas and serving up a range of herb- and mineral-laced currant, black cherry, blackberry, sage and pebble notes. Ends with a clipped edge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot.

    92 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    User Reviews:

    KOCO (9/26/2010)
    Even better than the 2004. Which I thought was impossible.
    Brigid Stanley (9/10/2013)
    I had the opportunity of having a glass of this wine after a table I was waiting on left 1/4 of the bottle on the table "you should try some dear. on us" ...An elegant older couple ordered it, and I was astonished at the time thinking, why would they spend that much on a bottle of wine when they were sharing a New York strip steak? I had never gotten to taste it, as the place I was working back then only opened the cheaper bottles for the employee tastings. Wow. That was all I could say, or think, after trying the wine. Ok. That couple had their priorities set just right! This wine seemed so rich and delicious that I thought for the first time that there really was something to be said about an expensive bottle of wine. I started writing a wine journal after that experience! The silky, luscious mouthfeel was what I noticed most. Before that, wine was "good" or "not good" to me. I thought, cinnamon, cardamom, boysenberry, cigar smoke....This wine was like an everlasting gobstobber. But... Elegant.
    Randy Blanton (12/10/2011)

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