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Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012 United States  California  Napa Valley Red Wine  Red Blend 25291 17581 750ml
Product ID: 25291
Region: United States, California, Napa Valley
Varietal: Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Type: Red Wine, Red Blend
Vintage: 2012
Size: 750ml
ABV%: 14.5
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"The 2012 Insignia has an inky dark hue and aromas of ripe blackberries, star anise, cigarbox, clove and sweet mocha notes. Richly opulent with velvety texture and supple tannins, this full-bodied offering envelops the palate in luscious, lingering black plum and violets along with layers of baking spices." —winemaker

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc

Wine Anthology review:
The 2012 Insignia is built like a linebacker, with a core of muscular blackberry suffused with thick smoke, fresh-brewed espresso, and rich oak. Still very young, this wine goes for the gusto right now with a spread of lush tannin on the finish, giving clear indication that this is destined for the cellar before its full beauty has bloomed. Simply put, this is a treasure chest whose contents grow richer with age.
"Amazing aromas of blueberry, blackberry, mineral and bark. Complex nose. Full body plus super integrated tannins with superb balance and depth. Coffee and chocolate too. Very long and mind-bending. A tribute to the vintage. Drink or hold. A long life ahead of it." —James Suckling

"The flagship wine of the estate in reds is their Insignia, which has been one of the great Bordeaux blends made in California since the debut vintage in 1974. It usually has 30+ years aging potential, even in lighter vintages, of which the 2012, 2013 and 2014 are decidedly not. There are 15,000 cases of [the 2012], and it's a fabulous, classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky purple to the rim, with notes of lead pencil shavings, incense, camphor, blackberry and creme de cassis, the wine is full-bodied, offering a multi-layered, textural, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, terrific purity, density and richness. All of this is achieved without a sense of heaviness or anything aggressive. This is a beauty to drink now and over the next 30 years." —Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

"Just bottled, the 2012 Insignia is rich, voluptuous and racy to the core. Raspberry jam, mocha, wild flowers, spices and espresso are laced together in a sensual, enveloping Insignia that should drink well with minimal cellaring. I imagine the 2012 will reward readers with a long drinking window of pure pleasure. Today, it is a total knock-out." —Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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