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Joseph Phelps Insignia 2012 United States  California  Napa Valley Red Wine  Red Blend 26456 18593 1500ml
Product ID: 26456
Region: United States, California, Napa Valley
Varietal: Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Type: Red Wine, Red Blend
Vintage: 2012
Size: 1500ml
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.
"Joseph Phelps' flagship wines include the incredibly ageworthy Insignia. The 2012 Insignia Proprietary Red is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, all aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. The vintage was of such high quality and quantity that 17,500 cases were produced. A magnificent Insignia that will be bottled in several months, it boasts an opaque purple color as well as fabulous notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrant liqueur, camphor, barbecue smoke and spice box. Rich, full-bodied and opulent with plenty of tannin and structure lurking beneath the extravagant generosity of fruit, this stunning 2012 should drink well for 25-30+ years." —Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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