Insignia

Joseph Phelps, Insignia 2018

Joseph Phelps is practically the inventor of the Bordeaux blend in California, and the team has done a wonderful job with the Insignia in 2018. Clarice Turner, who began as a trainee 23 years ago and is now head of winemaking and director, knows exactly how to get juice, tension and power out of Cabernet Sauvignon while still maintaining nuance. A ton of interest and spice here. Great persistency through the palate, soft black pepper, rosebud and oyster shell on the finish adds a fragrant, saline twist. I am always a fan of this wine, and love that it showcases the history and quality of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon (87%), Petit Verdot (8%), Malbec (3%), Cabernet Franc

Alcohol

14.5%

Bottle size

750ml

Drink dates

2023 - 2040

Origin

Country

USA

Region

California

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Jane Anson

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