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2002 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1017633 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2002 boasts an inky/purple color along with notes of graphite, violets, blackberries, creme de cassis and hints of charcoal and barbecue in addition to a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel that builds incrementally with great purity, staggering fruit concentration, and a long, velvety, 50+-second finish. This prodigious effort should continue to drink well for 20+ years. (RP)  (11/2013)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Once again showing the extraordinary combination of polish, fruity depth and wonderfully rich oak that is particular to the very best of the Insignia lineup, this concentrated, intensely aromatic wine comes up long on character and style. Its evident ripeness is manifest in a touch of last-minute heat, but its fleshy feel, superb balance and neatly fit tannin bring it a peerless sense of refinement that will tease us all long before this stunningly compelling bottling reaches its finely polished peak some five to seven years hence.  (12/2005)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Rich flavors fan out, the way you hope for, coating the palate with layers of currant, fresh earth, mineral, cedar, tobacco, mocha, black licorice and espresso. The tannins are firm and the structure built for a longer haul. Very much in its infancy still at age 10, it finds that unusual bridge between dense Napa fruit and a Bordeaux build. *No. 1 Wine of the Year, 2005* (JL, Web-2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Glowing blackish purple. Silky smooth texture with a little putty notes on the nose. Hint of something roasted but very much more integrated and silky than the 2001. Already broachable. Lip smacking. Pure. Not shy though! 18/20 points (JR)  (3/2013)

K&L Notes

95 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at St. John restaurant. A stunning Insignia with a show-stopping nose, dark and rich with black plum, cassis, liquorices and even honeyed tones developing in the glass. Full-bodied and toasty on the entry, there remain some unresolved new oak here, but there is superb balance and focus, very pure leading to a high toned, barn-storming finish that mellow beautifully in the glass. This is a long-term Insignia that I would cellar for another 4-6 years. Wonderful." (04/2009)


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