Jeb Dunnuck
James Suckling
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Wine Spectator
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Joseph Phelps 'Insignia' 2019

Product description

The 2019 Insignia is made with 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. The vineyard sources this year include 32% Yountville (Oak Knoll District), 23% Banca Dorada (Rutherford), 14% Suscol (South Napa Valley), 14% Home Ranch (St. Helena), 12% Las Rocas (Stags Leap District), 3% Barboza (Stags Leap District) and 2% El Venadito (Oak Knoll District). The wine was aged 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

98 Points - James Suckling

A very aromatic Insignia with pencil-shaving and graphite highlights the dark fruit and blackberries. Full-bodied, yet tensioned and vertical, with very fine tannins that run deep and layered in the wine, with fantastic tension and structure.

(96-98) Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2019 Insignia comprises 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Deep garnet-purple in colour, it needs a little swirling to unlock a gorgeous perfume of black cherry compote, stewed plums and blackcurrant pastilles with hints of bay leaves, red roses, underbrush and pencil lead, plus a hint of menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers impactful black fruit preserves layers with finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and layered.

(96-98) Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Insignia offers a gorgeous perfume of crème de cassis, chocolate, lavender, dried flowers, tobacco, and leafy herbs. Possessing full-bodied richness, a layered, seamless texture, gorgeous tannins, and just a classy, balanced character, this beauty is going to shine with just 3-4 years of bottle age yet still cruise in cold cellars for 30 years. It reminds me slightly of the 1997 vintage. 

94 Points - Wine Spectator

A solidly built Cabernet with a forthright persona, as dark currant, warmed fig reduction, and blackberry fruit paste is bolted together with licorice root and singed cedar. It features an espresso crema hint on the finish, which keeps this on the dark, muscular side, best from 2023 through 2038.