2006 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon "Insignia"
Winery: Joseph Phelps
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Insignia"
Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Petite Verdot
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
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
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