2009 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1112130 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, the deep garnet colored 2009 Insignia soars out of the glass with beautifully expressed cassis, baked plums and blackberry preserves scents plus nuances of rose hip tea, potpourri, cigar box, crushed rocks, raked leaves and tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, the tannins here are just incredible—soft, fine-grained, wonderfully knit—backed up with lovely freshness and all those fragrant black fruit flavors, finishing long and earthy. (LPB)  (1/2020)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide

 It is quite clear by now that 2009 is proving to be a standout year for Cabernet, but within the crowd of outstanding wines, this one holds its head just a bit higher. It is, as Insignia always is, a wine of exceptional crafting and polish, and yet in this outing, it seems to have an extra measure of richness and fruity strength, not to mention plenty of grippy structural tannins. There is an almost brooding aspect about it that suggests that it is not yet even close to showing all that it has, and it looks very likely to be among the more age-worthy and longest lived Insignias of recent years. Bravo! *Three Stars*  (12/2012)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine continues a long-standing tradition, showing a mastery of the art of blending. It's made using grapes that are sourced from at least six vineyards scattered from Yountville to St. Helena. Right out of the bottle, it's a soft, smoothly tannic wine that's rich in blackberry jam, black currant, blueberry, raspberry, dark chocolate and spice flavors. The wine, which contains small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec, is so powerful, it easily carries the 100% new French oak.  (12/2012)

95 points Vinous

 A gorgeous, totally voluptuous wine, the 2009 Insignia bursts from the glass with exuberant blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, cloves and cassis. In 2009, the Insignia is silky and polished, yet there is considerable underlying tannin that needs time to soften. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly to the huge, structured finish. I imagine the 2009 Insignia will enjoy a broad drinking window. It is striking today, but also clearly has the stuffing to age for many, many years. (AG)  (12/2012)

92 points James Suckling

 A solid core of fruit, with currants, minerals, fresh mint, and stones. Full bodied and chewy. The mid palate should fill in later.  (1/2011)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Extravagantly rich, this seems to be perfumed by its tannins. Its heady, gravelly power and spicy black fruit is cut short in the finish, yielding to the wine’s alcohol. With several years in bottle, this will be ready to decant for a thick cut rib eye.  (12/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Combines deep, ripe dark berry fruit with crushed rock, cedar and lead pencil notes. A step back in richness and complexity for Insignia, this is built for cellaring. (JL)  (10/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Opaque ruby. Juicy, pure fruit with a luscious berry character. Scented spice from oak is quite apparent, but not overdone. Firm, ripe tannins give firm structure. A very good impression of Bordeaux, from the right bank, perhaps? (RH) 17.5/20 points  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

94 points, Stephen Tanzer in Vinous: "Saturated bright ruby. Cassis, black cherry, mocha, graphite, dark chocolate and violet on the nose. Enters the mouth with a flavor of dark chocolate, then utterly silky and smooth in the mid-palate, delivering concentrated, deep flavors of black fruits and licorice complicated by minerals, violet and dark chocolate. If this wine does not yet show quite the personality or definition of the '07, it finishes pure and extremely long, with substantial fully buffered tannins and an element of medicinal reserve. This really fills the mouth without leaving any impression of heaviness. I suspect that there's still more positive bottle development ahead for this beauty." (07/2019)

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