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Joseph Phelps’ Insignia is an icon. A cornerstone of many collectors’ cellars, this classically brash Cabernet has delivered the goods for decades. The estate often boasts that it is “one of the highest scoring wines in the world.” But that’s not just bragadocio. CHeck out the track record:

2014 INSIGNIA 97+
2013 INSIGNIA 98+
2012 INSIGNIA 96
2010 INSIGNIA 95
2007 INSIGNIA 99
2005 INSIGNIA 95+
2004 INSIGNIA 98
2002 INSIGNIA 100
2001 INSIGNIA 98+
1997 INSIGNIA 100
1996 INSIGNIA 95
1995 INSIGNIA 98
1994 INSIGNIA 98
1992 INSIGNIA 95
1991 INSIGNIA 100
1985 INSIGNIA 95
1984 INSIGNIA 94
1978 INSIGNIA 95
1976 INSIGNIA 96
1974 INSIGNIA 99

Since its inception in 1974, Insignia has garnered 37 scores of 95 pts. or more, including two 100 pt. Scores, and ten scores of 97 pts. or more. The 2015 is already glowingly hot, with Robert Parker giving it a 96-100 pts. from barrel.

Yeah, I know. You want some.


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2015 Joseph Phelps’ Insignia

“A barrel sample blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec coming from six vineyards and reared in 100% new French oak, the 2015 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep inky-purple color and nose of crushed red and black currants, blackberry pie and plums with hints of dried herbs, sandalwood, spice box and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a knock-out core of intense, energetic fruit with chewy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with epic length and freshness. 12,500 cases are expected to be bottled.” 97-100 points Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate


“The 2015 Insignia is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and the rest Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This wine looks to be another killer effort, with 13,000 cases produced. Dense purple in color, with notes of white flowers, blueberries, blackberries, coffee, white chocolate and new oak, the wine is dense, thick, viscous, chewy and succulent. It should drink beautifully young but age effortlessly for 35 or more years.” 96-100 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate