2011 Insignia

Publication
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Author
Robert Parker
Date
October 2013
Award
(90-93) Points
Review

Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of bouquet garni, mint, red and black currants, tobacco leaf and licorice, and a surprisingly intense, full-bodied mouthfeel with more richness and intensity than I would have expected from this vintage. It is also precocious and can be drunk upon release or cellared for 15 or more years.

Publication
Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Author
Antonio Galloni
Date
November 2013
Award
(93-95) Points
Review

The 2011 Insignia is showing beautifully today. The cool vintage has given the 2011 distinctively European leanings in both the flavors and structure. At the same time, there is tons of energy and pure vibrancy in the glass.

Publication
JamesSuckling.com
Author
James Suckling
Date
May 2014
Award
92 Points
Review

A balanced, delicious Insignia for early drinking. Aromas of currants, blueberries and licorice follow through to a full to medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Yummy. Drink or hold. 

Publication
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Author
Stephen Tanzer
Date
May/June 2014
Award
91 Points
Review

Nicely perfumed nose offers scents of currant, plum, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. Plush and sweet on the palate... there's plenty of texture and depth here. Dark berry flavors are complicated by subtle tobacco leaf, menthol and dried herb nuances. Finishes plummy and sweet, with big building tannins and lots of sexy oak...

Publication
Decanter
Date
December 2014
Award
Collector's Corner Recommendation
Review

Napa is rising up the wish lists of collectors and, although 2011 is a difficult vintage, Phelps is a fine estate. It's a Bordeaux blend, led by 82% Cabernet Sauvignon.