1999 Vintage Retrospective Napa Cabernet
Stephen Tanzer of Vinous has just published a 1999 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Retrospective. We invite you to read his glowing remarks for 1999 Insignia.
"From the start, 1999 struck me as a rather European style of vintage for California. My tastings in March, nearly 20 years after the harvest of ’99, did indeed turn up some splendid wines." - Stephen Tanzer
1999 Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley - 95 Points
Deep bright ruby. Captivating nose combines blackcurrant, crushed-rock minerality, licorice and violet, complemented by notes of cocoa powder, leather and earth. Densely packed and seriously concentrated, showing an almost chocolatey ripeness that's leavened by integrated acidity. Flavors of dark berries, minerals and flowers saturate the palate and spread out on the very suave, subtly long aftertaste. There's no easy sweetness here but the wine's noble tannins and considerable finesse give it great appeal today. This beautiful blend should go on for many more years on its extract and balance. -Vinous (May 2019)