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1996 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #301123 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak, this blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot reveals a powerful core of red and black fruits, dusty, loamy soil, lavender and a hint of toast. I would not describe it as elegant, but rather, it is a big, backstrapping, Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine that should continue to drink well for 15 or more years. (RP) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Fresh, with herbal dill and currant aromas, this is fresh and concentrated on the palate. Intense, with vivid currant, anise, herb and cedar notes. Ends with a complex aftertaste, firm tannins and good structure. (JL, Web-2007) Inner quote mark

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Good dark red. Aromas of dark raspberry, plum, spices, mocha and truffley underbrush suggest a concentrated wine. With a pH of 3.74, this wine shows a bit more warmth than the 1994 but the black cherry, plum and dark chocolate flavors are nicely framed by juicy acidity and firm-edged tannins. Drink now through 2024. (ST) Inner quote mark (4/2016)

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