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2006 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon "Insignia"

Winery: Joseph Phelps

Vintage: 2006

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Insignia"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Petite Verdot

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $200

Cases produced: 16,900

KWG Score: 95.6 (based on 6 reviews)

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

Review date: December 4, 2009

Wine Review: This very dark opaque black colored Cab always finishes near the top of our high end blind tasting. It opens with a spicy blackberry bouquet with hints of cigar smoke, cedar and anise. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, well balanced, and extremely smooth. The flavor profile is a savory blend of black cherry and black raspberry with some notes smoky oak and black pepper. The finish is rather dry and its substantial building tannins are quite lengthy. The panel felt this wine would be perfect for sipping by the fireplace or to pair nicely with a NY strip steak with Hollandaise sauce. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The opaque, inky color of the 2006 Insignia is followed by concentrated aromatics of lush black fruit, graphite, coffee, dark cocoa powder, licorice, and cola syrup. The dense flavors and balanced tannins integrate beautifully for a long, layered finish.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Joseph Phelps 2006 Insignia.

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