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2013 Joseph Phelps US Red Blend "Insignia"

Winery: Joseph Phelps

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Insignia"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Malbec & 1% Cabernet Franc

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $250

Cases produced: 12,300

KWG Score: 97.2 (based on 8 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: October 10, 2016

Wine Review: This is opaque and dark ruby colored Cabernet blend from Joseph Phelps is very good. It opens with a fragrant black currant bouquet with hints of black cherry and blueberry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, well balanced and approachable. The flavor profile is a mineral infused black currant with notes of black olive and dark chocolate. I also detected a hint of espresso. The finish is dry and its tannins hold up and stick around for quite a while. This very nice wine would pair well with a well-marbled thick cut ribeye. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: First produced from the 1974 vintage, 2013 Insignia marks the 40th vintage of our flagship Napa Valley wine. Deeply pigmented, the 2013 Insignia opens with heady blackberry and plum aromatics laced with baking spices, cardamom and espresso. Focused and fresh, this exceptionally concentrated wine showcases elegant tannin structure and a silky mouthfeel layered with dark fruit, sweet vanilla bean, cracked black pepper and bittersweet chocolate.

Organic status: not organic

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