Joseph Phelps Insignia 2014

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2014

 

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Joseph Phelps
Insignia 2014
  • Année : 2014
  • Pays : Etats-Unis
  • Région : Californie (AVA Napa Valley)
  • Sous-région Napa
  • Type : Rouge
  • Style Rouge Puissant et Corsé
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcool : 14,5°
  • Cépages : 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot

Experts Note Année
RP Robert Parker 97 2014
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 97 2014
JS James Suckling 97 2014
WE Wine Enthusiast 96 2014
DCT Decanter 95 2014
W&S Wines & Spirits 95 2013
WS Wine Spectator 93 2013
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Robert Parker (RP) : 97 Points (2014)
Composed of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc coming from six vineyards and reared for 24 months in 100% new French oak, the 2014 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed blackberries and fresh blackcurrants with touches of cigar box, sandalwood, dried lavender, beef drippings and mocha plus a waft of wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied and incredibly elegant and fine in the mouth, the lively fruit is well structured by grainy tannins and seamless acid, finishing long and earthy. (LPB) 97+ (10/2017)

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 97 Points (2014)
The 2014 Insignia has turned out beautifully. Finely sculpted, nuanced and classic in structure, the 2014 is built on a core of energy and brightness. There is a level of purity and delineation in the flavors that is remarkable. Bright red cherry, lavender, rose petal and graphite add to the wine's sculpted personality. The 2014 is not an obvious or especially opulent Insignia, but rather a wine that makes its case with its impeccable balance. A closing flourish of bright, floral notes adds the final shades of nuance. (AG) (3/2018)

James Suckling (JS) : 97 Points (2014)
The blackberry, dark-chocolate and walnut aromas are persuasive. Full body, a dense and fruity center palate and beautiful depth and intensity. The tannin texture is exceptional. Great wine. Drink in 2020 and onwards. (5/2017)

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 96 Points (2014)
This fine vintage of Insignia combines 87% Cabernet Sauvignon with 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Soft, supple and seamless, it offers rich but balanced cassis and milk chocolate flavors, with supportive and complementary oak. It should do well in the cellar and will be best from 2024-2034. *Best of 2017, Cellar Selection* (VB) (12/2017)

Decanter (DCT) : 95 Points (2014)
No Merlot in this vintage, with a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc. The nose is more subdued than on the Napa Cabernet, although there is abundant toasty oak. It's very rich and tannic, concentrated and taut, but remains youthful and reserved. It needs a good deal of time. Very long, with mocha tones on the finish. Of remarkable quality, given that more than 170,000 bottles were produced. Drinking Window 2020-2045. (SB) (3/2018)

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 95 Points (2013)
Insignia has been built as a regional blend since its first vintage in 1974, becoming an estate-grown wine in 2004. It’s based on Cabernet Sauvignon grown in six vineyards, from Suscol in the south to sites in Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Rutherford, up to Phelps’s Spring Valley Home Ranch in St. Helena. Ashley Hepworth has fine-tuned the style, so Insignia is still a rich wine, but now, especially in 2013, shows the kind of firmness of structure that makes the richness profound. This vintage is fresh and lively, even while it is dense and powerful, as if the power is coming out of the black raspberry fruit as well as the bright, sparkling-fresh mineral tones of the tannins. Delicious now if you give it several hours in a decanter, this is destined to evolve into a classic. (10/2016)

Wine Spectator (WS) : 93 Points (2013)
Rich and full-bodied, but exhibiting the lift of a brighter red. The dark berry flavors give this an elegant mouthfeel and ease the tannic strength. Tempting now but worth cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2032. (JL) (10/2016)

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Joseph Phelps Insignia 2014 Reviewed by Robert Parker 09-05-2019 . Score: 5