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January 9th, 2020

Robert Parker 2009 Retrospective

Robert Parker Wine Advocate
2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Retrospective by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

2009 was an outstanding year for Napa Valley Cabernets... beautifully plush tannins at moderate alcohol levels, well-balanced acidity and a wide array of perfumed aroma/flavor compounds. In terms of drinking windows, I have updated these for all the 2009s I tasted. In many cases, I added a decade or more onto the previous estimates. Given the sturdy, ripe structures and lingering primary fruit apparent in many of the best wines, I’m confident that a lot of the 2009s still have fantastic cellaring potential and should give a lot of joy for many years to come. Enjoy!

2009 Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley
97 Points
A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, the deep garnet colored 2009 Insignia soars out of the glass with beautifully expressed cassis, baked plums and blackberry preserves scents plus nuances of rose hip tea, potpourri, cigar box, crushed rocks, raked leaves and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, the tannins here are just incredible—soft, fine-grained, wonderfully knit—backed up with lovely freshness and all those fragrant black fruit flavors, finishing long and earthy. Drink Date: 2019-2035. -LPB, January 2020

Robert Parker 2009 Retrospective

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