Joseph Phelps 'Insignia' Proprietary Red 2011
By International Wine Report!
JOSEPH PHELPS 'Insignia' 2011
Report Date: November, 2014
Drinking Window: 2015-2030
Producer: Joseph Phelps
Country: United States
Appellation: Napa Valley
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. 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. (Best 2015-2030) - November, 2014 (JD)
By Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media
Joseph Phelps 2011 Insignia
Region: St. Helena, Stags Leap, Oak Knoll, Rutherford, Napa Valley
Country: United States
Drinking Window: 2017 - 2031
Grape Variety: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Cases Produced: (12 bottles/case) 13240
The 2011 Insignia is impressive, no doubt about it. In this vintage, it is the wine's length and persistence that stand out most. This is a decidedly Old World style of Insignia with less raciness than is customary. Grilled herbs, smoke, dried rose petal, tobacco and cedar are some of the notes that add complexity. Readers should give the 2011 another few years in bottle for the tannins to soften. This is the first vintage of Insignia that incorporates both Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: September 2014
By James Suckling
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Insignia
Country: United States
Region: California - Napa Valley
Date: May 15th, 2014
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.
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2011 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from USA, Napa, North Coast, California,USA
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr.
eRobertParker.com # 1113 (Nov 2013)
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. Although it has not yet been bottled, the 2011 Insignia is composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot and the rest Malbec, Merlot and a dollop of Cabernet Franc, and represents 13,000 cases. It achieved a slightly lower alcohol of 14.1%.
By Joseph Phelps
INSIGNIA Napa Valley 2011
October 3 - November 1, 2011.
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc from 100% estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards:
-Stags Leap District, 20% Barboza Vineyard and 17% Las Rocas Vineyard • St. Helena, 21% Home Ranch Vineyard
-Oak Knoll District, 20% Yountville Vineyard
-Napa Valley, 13% Suscol Vineyard
-Rutherford, 9% Banca Dorada Vineyard
24 months in 100% new French oak from coopers Taransaud, Dargaud Jaegle, Nadalie, Demptos, Marcel Cadet and Sylvain before bottling in February 2014.
Vineyards are carefully monitored throughout the growing season for optimum, even ripening. Blocks remain separate during picking, sorting and fermentation. The 2011 Insignia is layered with aromatics of dark fruit, cardamom, tobacco, Herbs de Provence and graphite on the nose. Fresh and lively this elegant wine boasts bright red cherry, blackberry and espresso throughout the palate with supple tannins.
The 2011 growing season began normally with bud break occurring at the end of March. However, due to cool weather, bloom completed two to three weeks later than normal. By mid-June, preparations were underway for the unusu- ally cool growing season. Vines were forced into competition for water by leaving cover crop untilled, delaying irrigation and cluster thinning. An eleven-day warming trend in mid-September helped push grape maturation. The first Insignia designated fruit block picked in 2011 was Merlot on October 3rd at the Yountville Vineyard, and the final Insignia grape block picked was Cabernet Sauvignon from the Home Ranch Vineyard on November 1st. Despite mid-season rain and cool weather in 2011, blends were carefully selected and the wines are fresh, will be long lived, and no doubt continue to evolve and develop.
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By Wine Spectator
JOSEPH PHELPS Insignia Napa Valley 2011
Issue: Web Only - 2015
Rugged, rustic, tannic and chewy, this is austere throughout, with dry, gritty currant, blackberry and graphite flavors. In sync with the vintage, the tannins push back and end on the dry side. This wine has a great reputation for gaining with age, though 2011 presented unique challenges. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2016 through 2028. 13,240 cases made. -JL