1996 Joseph Phelps Insignia Cabernet - 750ml

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1996 Joseph Phelps Insignia Cabernet - 95 pts!

In 1974 Joe Phelps had the idea to make a separate cuvee each year, one that would represent the finest wine he could make from each vintage. He didn’t necessarily think it would always be a Cabernet Sauvignon. It might be a white wine in some years, a Chardonnay or a Riesling, or it might be a Syrah or Merlot. His only thought was to make one wine that represented the best of what Joseph Phelps Vineyards could produce each year. He decided to name the wine Insignia, a proprietary name that would give him the flexibility to make the wine out of any varietal he chose.

As it happened, 1974 was a great year for Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley and the 1974 Insignia was 94% Cabernet from the Stags Leap District. The following year Merlot dominated the blend, and in 1976, it returned to Cabernet, this time from the Eisele Vineyard. It was becoming increasingly clear that red Bordeaux varieties – particularly Cabernet Sauvignon - were ideally suited to Napa Valley and would consistently yield the best wines of the vintage. From 1977 on, Cabernet Sauvignon was never less than 50% of the Insignia blend and gradually became the dominant varietal. Joe’s vision evolved: Insignia would always be a proprietary red Bordeaux-style blend.


Product Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1996
Rating 95 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Phelps Joseph
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 95 RP - 1996 Joseph Phelps Insignia Cabernet Only 7,000 cases were produced of the 1996 Insignia (a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot). Although it is a notch below the 1995 and 1994, it is a top-flight effort. With a saturated ruby/purple color, and a monolithic, structured personality, it possesses aromas and flavors of Asian spices, coffee, fruitcake, cedar, and creme de cassis. The wine's structure, tannin, and weightier feel suggest a brawnier, more muscular wine without the explosive personality and seductive charms of its two predecessors. A terrific, highly-extracted effort, the 1996 should be at its finest between 2000-2020. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1996
Rating 95 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region California
Location North Coast
Producer Phelps Joseph
Color Red
Production
7,000 cases

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