The stunning 2010 Insignia, which is now in bottle, was made from 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and the rest Merlot and Malbec. A gorgeously intense bouquet of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, black currants, blackberries, and subtle smoke and foresty aromas jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with soft tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty is one of the top Insignias produced over recent years.
Captivating violet lift to the aromas of cassis, minerals, bitter chocolate, licorice and sexy oak... Boasts lovely clarity and lifts to its dark fruit, minerals and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with a serious brace of tongue-dusting tannins and outstandingly subtle, juicy persistence. A brilliant showing considering it was bottled just a month prior to my visit.
Firm, dense and deeply concentrated, this offers a powerful thrust of flavors, with mocha- and espresso-laced blackberry, black licorice and cedar notes, revving up on the finish. Pure, driven and persistent, this seems set for a long life. Best to cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Best from 2015 through 2028.
Insignia, a gloriously suave Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec, remains one of Napa Valley's most acclaimed wines. And with good reason judging from the 2010. An explosive wine, its glossy texture is all the more amazing considering the wine's concentration and power. You know you are in for a treat with the first whiff as you pour. The panoply of aromas follows onto the palate. Long and layered, it is remarkably approachable now, though its impeccable balance means it will develop beautifully over a decade or so. Wow!
Dark plums, graphite, pencil shavings, smoke and licorice all jump from the glass... The tannins are sweet, layered and impeccably balanced, which makes me think the 2010 will enjoy a long drinking window once it softens. The 2010 is a beautiful, silky Insignia, but it needs time. Drinking window: 2018-2030
This is, as always, a gorgeous wine, rich, balanced and delicious. It shows classic Napa Valley ripeness, with blackberry jam, plum, dark chocolate and sweet oak flavors. Plush and velvety doesn’t begin to do it justice. Despite it’s fabulous lushness, this is a wine to age. Depending on your taste, it will provide excellence from now until 2030.
It displays a fantastic pitch-dark, inky color and offers seductive aromas of ripe dark currants, dark cherries, chocolate, exotic spices, herbs, toasted hazelnut, and roasted coffee. This is rich, layered and opulent with excellent depth and concentration, while demonstrating remarkable balance. It all ends with a finish that is long, supple and mouth-coating leaving behind plenty of dark fruits, spices and chocolate flavors. A wonderful Insignia that is absolutely delicious right out of the gate, however it also has the potential to evolve for decades.
It is a very rare outing in which Insignia does not rank among the best and nothing has changed in 2010. Right from the start, this latest effort impresses with its depth, its obvious polish and its vibrancy, and while never wanting for ripeness, it is a wonderfully layered and patently sophisticated wine of real pedigree. Its ample, but decidedly fine tannins and its firm acid balance mark it as one that will evolve handsomely for a decade or two despite the fact that its refinement is sure to tempt early drinking, and it deserves to be set aside and patiently saved for special occasions.
Aromas of blueberries, chocolate and licorice follow through to a full body, with soft tannins and a fresh finish. This is a luscious, delicious Joseph Phelps Insignia. Harmonies and forward now. Drink now or hold.