WE 96 Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - peccable elegance characterizes this vintage of the producer’s marquee Bordeaux-style blend, an expert finessing of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Juicy in exotic black fruit, it stands tall, with silky, towering shoulders of herb, cardamom and clove that will coalesce beautifully over time. Hold through 2026. Cellar Selection.
95pts, Decanter Magazine, February 2015 - Deep and rich nose of cloves, pepper, smoke, coffee and black olives. Great complexity and structure with lovely ripeness and a long, fresh finish. Soft, polished and stylish with superb structure and dark chocolatey fruit. Oak dominates and strong tannins are fine grained, but there is a great texture and a an impressive style, which will evolve as it ages. Sumptuous wine with bold supporting tannins and good acidity. Concentrated, with spice and complexity and a long chocolatey finish. Strives to impress and pulls out all the stops.
96pts, International Wine Report, January 2015 - While many struggled with the cooler conditions in 2011, the winemaking team at Joseph Phelps absolutely thrived, achieving remarkable results, combining power, balance and structure in this brilliant Insignia. The wine resonates with deep layers of dark fruits and currants before folding in notes of fresh violets, spices and dusty minerals. This shows incredible depth and concentration, but also offers a wonderful sense of freshness from the underlying acidity, which also provides lift to the wine as it heads into the long supple finish. Today the wine is already showing incredible and it will only continue to evolve for years to come. I absolutely love what the Insignia offers in 2011 and it's hands down one of the best wines I have tasted from this vintage.
AG (93-95) WA (90-93) JS 92 IWC 91 Pts - According to Antonio Galloni - The 2011 Insignia is showing beautifully today. The cool vintage has given the 2011 distinctly European leanings in both the flavors and structure. At the same time, there is tons of energy and pure vibrancy in the glass. It will be interesting to see where the 2011 goes once it is in bottle, but it is almost likely to require several years to fully come together. The 2011 is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc.
According to Robert Parker - The 2011’s deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of bouquet garni, mint, red and black currants, tobacco leaf and licorice, and a surprisingly intense, full-bodied mouthfeel with more richness and intensity than I would have expected from this vintage. It is also precocious and can be drunk upon release or cellared for 15 or more years.
According to James Suckling - A balanced, delicious Insignia for early drinking. Aromas of currants, blueberries and licorice follow through to a full to medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Yummy. Drink or hold.
According to International Wine Cellar - Good bright medium ruby. Nicely perfumed nose offers scents of currant, plum, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate. Plush and sweet on the palate; perhaps smaller-scaled than the top vintages of Insignia but there's plenty of texture and depth here. Dark berry flavors are complicated by subtle tobacco leaf, menthol and dried herb nuances. Finishes plummy and sweet, with big building tannins and lots of sexy oak; largely avoids the dryness of the Napa Valley version. This is the first vintage of Insignia to include all five of the major Bordeaux red varieties. 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV.
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Varietal/Type Red Wines Unique gtin No Brand Joseph Phelps Vineyards Size 375 ML Demi Rating 96 Points, 95 Points, 94 Points, 93 Points, 92 Points, 91 Points, 90 Points
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