James Suckling: "This is a really beautiful red with redcurrant and floral aromas and flavors. Licorice. Medium to full body. Fine tannins. Love the length and finesse, even with the ripeness coming through" Apr 2021
Winery: "With the release of the 1974 Insignia in the spring of 1978, Joseph Phelps Vineyards became the first California winery to produce a blend of the traditional Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grape varieties of Bordeaux under a proprietary label. Considered innovative at the time, the Insignia name was selected to represent the finest available production in each vintage year, and became the first proprietary wine of California to place blending above either varietal or vineyard designation as a determinant of quality. It would not be followed until a decade later by the second such wine, Opus One, and Insignia has remained the benchmark of this category for over a quarter century.
Insignia is an opulent wine of concentration, complexity and structure, with a superb balance of finely tuned acidity and dense, velvety tannins. Cassis, liquorice and spice are abundant on the palate, with notes of eucalyptus and earth. The finish is sweet, elegant and extended."
|Varietal:||84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc
|Aging:||24 months in 100% new French oak
|Region:||Napa Valley, California|
|Grapes||84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc|