2015 Insignia - Forbes.com Wine of the Week
2015 Insignia has been named Forbes.com's Wine of the Week for March 14, 2019 and invite you to read a portion of Brian Freedman's article:
Insignia has always represented the apex of the Joseph Phelps line-up, a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux-style blend that, since 2004, has been composed exclusively of estate-grown fruit. And while it’s intended to develop the kind of rich, layered character that the best Cabernet-based blends from around the world do when they age, in my experience Insignia also tends to offer up plenty to love in its youth. And since my parents have always disagreed on mature wines—my mother is a fan of the assertive tannins that structure age-worthy wines in their youth, whereas my father is a great lover of fully mature reds—this side-by-side comparison was a way for them both to be able to enjoy one of the classics of the Cabernet pantheon on their big day.
The 2015, though easily built for aging another several decades, is remarkably elegant already, with a nose marked by the subtle suggestion of roasted green peppers that lend significant depth to the more dominant aromas of cassis, kirsch, black cherries, charred vanilla, and cigar humidor. There’s an unexpectedly floral note to the palate—this was the second time I tasted the 2015 in the past month, and that transporting and deliciously idiosyncratic floral note peeked through both times—as well as chocolate-enrobed Amarena cherries, blueberries, figs, plums, flamed orange peel, cedar, and graphite. If you’re in the market for it, I’d recommend picking up half a case or more, the better to track its certain-to-be fascinating and decadent evolution over the years.