2017 Joseph Phelps InsigniaBlend from United States
List Price: $250.00
From the Winemakers' Website: "The rarest offering of Insignia in twenty years, 2017 Insignia opens in the glass with heady aromas of mocha, cedar, roasted espresso, blueberry ...
- 97 Wine Enthusiast
- 96 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 96 Decanter
- 94 Wine Spectator
97 Wine Enthusiast
This estate-grown blend combines 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, allowing the main variety to speak loudest. Gorgeously perfumed, it unfurls wave after wave of cassis, dusty rock and cocoa powder—seasonings that boost secondary characteristics of black and red currant and cherry. With structure and complexity to spare, it should do well over time; enjoy best from 2027–2032. VIRGINIE BOONE
96 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant scents of Black Forest cake, preserved plums and blueberry pie plus touches of redcurrant jelly, potpourri, clove oil and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has gained weight from its in-barrel offering, boasting rich, decadently perfumed black fruit preserves flavors with a racy backbone and velvety tannins, finishing long and spicy.
96 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
A beautiful, focused wine with a tight center palate of blackberries, blueberries and dark chocolate. Very subtle. Hints of mint and sage, too. Medium to full body and fine, racy tannins. A reserved and very pretty Insignia. Fresh finish. Hard not to drink now, but better in 2022
This has a real sense of freshness and grip. A pure expression of Cabernet with a shot of eucalyptus and menthol, extremely concentrated but with elegance and power. The tannins just grip on to your palate and don't let go leading to a lovely chewy finish. This is great stuff, with a discernibly finessed style that shows a fine tannic balance magnified through the lens of Californian heat and laced through with cassis, espresso and chocolate block. Great structure, this will take a few decades of ageing in its stride. -Jane Anson
94 Wine Spectator
Delivers showy fruit, with layered flavors of warmed boysenberry, blackberry and acai berry paste, framed by a subtle alder hint and backed by warm earth and cast iron details on the finish. Not shy, and well-built for the vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2038.
From the Winemakers' Website: "The rarest offering of Insignia in twenty years, 2017 Insignia opens in the glass with heady aromas of mocha, cedar, roasted espresso, blueberry and ripe plum. Fresh and focused with building layers of black cherry, blackberry preserve, spice box and vanilla essence. Plush, velvety texture and seamless tannins culminate in a lengthy, lingering finish".
97 - Wine Enthusiast
96 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
96 - Decanter
94 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, pepper, earth, green, plum, mocha, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet and green bean|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, spice, earth, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower|