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2008 - Joseph Phelps Insignia

Item No. 59808

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97 Pts Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Retail Price $200.00

$159.97 per btl

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From the Critics:

  • "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia is a towering, statuesque wine bursting with blackberry jam, tar, spices, leather and licorice. It shows fabulous depth and richness backed up by serious, imposing tannins that suggest it has a long life. Ideally, the 2008 should be purchased by those who can be patient; it is not a wine for those seeking immediate gratification. The blend is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038." (12/11) - 97 Pts Antonio Galloni - Vinous
  • "What a wonderful wine here. The nose shows a fabulous combination of dark fruits, chocolate, spices and caramel. The palate is silky textured with lots of ripe yet beautiful fruit and super silky, tight tannins This is a balanced wine with all the potential to age for decades. Made from 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot." (06/11) - 95 Pts James Suckling
  • "The 2008 Insignia, a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot that achieved 14.7% natural alcohol, is one of the more abundant vintages as there were 16,650 cases produced. Aged 24 months in new French oak, all from estate vineyards in Rutherford, St. Helena, Stags Leap and Oak Knoll, it exhibits a beautiful opaque purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of creme de cassis, incense, forest floor, spring flowers, blueberries and subtle new oak. It possesses sweet tannins and cuts a full-bodied swath across the palate. Given this cuvee's history, the 2008 should age for 30 or more years." (10/13) - 95 Pts Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • "Once again, Insignia takes it accustomed place near the very head of the class, and, as usual, it is one of the most polished and well-balanced Cabernets to be had. That is not to say that it in any way lacks for authority, richness or size, for it is an intense and impressively filled wine, and it vies for top honors in a vintage that has provided more than a few noteworthy wines. It drives home the point that big wines can be wonderfully balanced, and, while delicious even now, it will not reach its peak for a good many years to come." (12/11) - 95 Pts Connoisseurs Guide to Wine
  • "Dense and chewy, this is very tight and closed, but the glimpses of fruit offer tight mineral, crushed rock, graphite, dried currant, cedar and anise. Full-bodied and way too young to drink now, this needs time, but should provide years of rewarding drinking. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2026. 16,650 cases made. -JL" (11/11) - 94 Pts Wine Spectator
  • "(just bottled): Full medium ruby. Black fruits, minerals, licorice, tar, menthol and sweet oak on the nose. Sweet and creamy on entry, then quite penetrating and tight in the mid-palate, showing a medicinal reserve for the vintage. A backward and rather powerful Insignia with the structure to require, and reward, considerable aging. This was a good quantity year for this flagship bottling, with about 16,000 cases produced." (06/11) - 93+ Pts Stephen Tanzer - International Wine Cellar
  • "A glamorous wine, rich and complex, with lots going on. Lacks perhaps some of the depth of, say, the '03 and '04, more on a par with the 2007, but still a very fine Insignia. With rich blackberry and cassis flavors wrapped into thick tannins and fine new oak sweetness, it's nowhere ready to drink now. Give it a rest until 2015. - SH" (12/11) - 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast

Product Info

  • ABV

    14.5%
  • Vintage

    2008
  • Color

    Red
  • Organic

    No
  • BioDynamic

    No
  • Closure Type

    Cork
  • Collectable

    Yes
  • Kosher

    No
  • Sparkling

    No
  • Dessert

    No
  • Taste

    currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, and vanilla
  • Nose

    currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, and cigar box

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