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1995 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Proprietary Red (3L) (depressed cork)

SKU #1537117 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A wine of great intensity and richness, it displays classic notes of licorice, barbecue smoke, creme de cassis, cedarwood and forest floor. Full-bodied with sensational purity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a long, voluptuous finish with no hard edges, it has only reached mid-adolescence, and has at least two decades of life ahead of it. (RP) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep ruby-red. Exhilarating, vibrant aromas of cassis, minerals, cocoa powder and brown spices. Juicy, very intensely flavored and sharply delineated; offers lovely restrained sweetness and great finesse. Complex and light on its feet. Finishes bright and fine, with firm tannins and strong dark berry, tobacco and woodsmoke flavors. Remarkably subtle oak. Even better than it showed last winter. (ST) Inner quote mark (11/1998)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very Bordeaux-like in its complex cedar, currant and anise aromas. Firm, concentrated and still quite tannic, it is bold and rich, with layers of currant, plum, mineral, cedar and tobacco flavors, many of which are still in their youthful primary stage. While it is certainly approachable (best decanted) it appears to have the concentration and stuffing to go another decade. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Verdot.--1995 California Cabernet retrospective. (JL, Web Only-2005) Inner quote mark

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright, dark red-ruby. Inviting aromas of black raspberry, woodsmoke, cedar, mocha, olive tapenade and dried flowers, plus a building note of truffle. Smooth on entry, then a bit dusty in the middle palate, with the raspberry, mocha and underbrush flavors showing good savory energy and moderate sweetness and depth. This wine doesn't have quite the mid-palate fat to support its tannins as the 1994 Insignia has, and yet it gained in clarity and intensity as it opened in the glass, without showing any dryness on the back end. My score went up accordingly. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2016)


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