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1998 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #993154 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1998 displays a dark garnet color as well as notes of leafy tobacco, underbrush, black cherries and black currants. An elegant, mid-weight Insignia with sweet fruit, ripe tannin and interesting cedar, licorice and spice characteristics, it is fully mature and is unlikely to get any better. (RP) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Mature, rich and concentrated, this is pleasantly earthy, with mineral-laced currant, dried berry, anise and sage flavors that are complex, balanced and supported by firm, dry tannins. (JL, Web-2009) Inner quote mark

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Good dark red. Complex scents of redcurrant, plum, dusty herbs and spicebox, plus a note of fennel and a suggestion of salami meatiness. Nicely sweet but tightly wound, even a bit clenched on the back end, with a licorice element providing lift. A distinct minty note serves to brighten the middle palate without overshadowing the wine's plum, spice and cedar flavors. This wine showed a slight canned-vegetable aspect early on but no longer. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

K&L Notes

Since 1974, Insignia has been a benchmark California Bordeaux-style blend. In the 1998 vintage, the winery team responded to challenging weather by reducing the crop by 20%, resulting in a characteristically full-bodied wine.


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