2000 Joseph Phelps - Insignia Napa Valley
Joseph Phelps Description
This wine exhibits concentrated aromas of black fruit, cinnamon, spice, tobacco and graphite. Supple tannins with hints of cassis and spice finish long and rich on the palate.
Wine Spectator: 92 Points
"Deftly balanced, with dark color and rich fruit. Elegant, with tiers of currant, mocha, blackberry and espresso bean. Firms up at midpalate and flexes its tannic strength on the finish. Best to cellar a year or two. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2004 through 2012. 15,000 cases made."
Wine Enthusiast: 88 Points
"There are some great blackcurrant, cassis and cherry flavors in this fine wine, but in the end, the stubborn tannins dominate. They?re tough and gritty, and finish with a stark astringency. The wine will soften in time, but it doesn't have the stuffing for the long haul."
Wine Advocate: 90 Points
"2000 was an unusual year as it was cool, but at the time, it was not believed to be that much of a challenge in waiting for maturity to come. However, the lower-than-average temperatures continued through much of the summer, with typical weather not returning until September, which was too late to help many producers, especially those with higher mountain vineyards. This vintage is satisfying, but rarely stunning. The 2000 Insignia, a 15,000-case blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, came in at 13.9% alcohol. It is a mid-weight, elegant effort with lots of black currant, violet, earth and forest floor characteristics. Medium-bodied with excellent ripeness and sweet tannins, it is one of the more successful wines I have tasted from this vintage. The wine is close to full maturity and should keep for another 10-12 years."
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