2005 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon "Insignia"
Winery: Joseph Phelps
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Insignia"
Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Verdot, & 1% Merlot
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 12,000
KWG Score: 96.7 (based on 7 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (95)
Review date: August 18, 2009
Wine Review: This wine seems to be a winner every year and it gets better with time. I had a chance to retry this wine on my recent trip to California. I also found this vintage to be particularly approachable at a young age, which I found attractive. Who really wants to wait? In the end, I found this wine to be one of the best wines I tried in my recent trip. It is a very dark opaque purple colored wine. It opens with an inviting ripe blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, extremely well balanced, and super silky. The flavor profile is a delicious mild blackberry with notes of spice, black pepper, and blueberry. The finish is rather dry and it’s very well managed tannins sail along nicely. This definitely is a wine they you would buy to impress someone and serve with a nice thick grilled NY strip steak. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: The 2005 vintage was a year in which the wine was more austere early on, almost “Bordeaux”-like. After two years in barrel, the wine blossomed, showing amazing depth, texture and vibrant fruit qualities. Deeply colored, concentrated and layered, with floral, anise, black cherry and graphite aromas, this wine is classically structured with excellent acidity, well-balanced tannins, and a mouth-staining, persistent finish.
Organic status: not organic
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