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Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley 2015

Intense, Dense, Velvet

Insignia is one of the most icon¬≠ic wines in Napa Val¬≠ley, a critic‚Äôs favorite for almost forty years. Its heady and dense, but beau¬≠ti¬≠ful¬≠ly bal¬≠anced at once.


The 2015 Insignia comes from a low-yield¬≠ing har¬≠vest of high-qual¬≠i¬≠ty fruit. It is a deeply pur¬≠ple-red col¬≠or with the aro¬≠ma of rich dark fruit, cocoa pow¬≠der, and fra¬≠grant dried flow¬≠ers. It is vel¬≠vety in tex¬≠ture and weighty on the palate, with a high-toned flo¬≠ral bal¬≠ance on a back¬≠drop of ripe tan¬≠nins. Its tast¬≠ing notes are com¬≠posed of black¬≠ber¬≠ry and dark plum laced with Mada¬≠gas¬≠car vanil¬≠la and berg¬≠amot. Bold and creamy, it is a sup¬≠ple wine with a lengthy finish.


This heav¬≠en¬≠ly Insignia vin¬≠tage pairs best with hearty, heavy meals. From a well-cooked sir¬≠loin steak to lamb chops, to game meats like deer, veni¬≠son, or quail, it makes a beau¬≠ti¬≠ful din¬≠ner drink. A hefty por¬≠tion of roast chick¬≠en or duck in a port reduc¬≠tion would also be a good part¬≠ner for this wine. It goes with cool¬≠er sea¬≠son veg¬≠eta¬≠bles like car¬≠rots and potatoes.


The Joseph Phelps estate vine¬≠yard has been ded¬≠i¬≠cat¬≠ed to pro¬≠duc¬≠ing wines of qual¬≠i¬≠ty and char¬≠ac¬≠ter since the 1970s. The Insignia is their flag¬≠ship wine, with forty vin¬≠tages under its belt. Its vin¬≠tages have won ‚Äč‚ÄúWine of the Year‚ÄĚ from Wine Spec¬≠ta¬≠tor and 100-point scores from Robert Park¬≠er Wine Advo¬≠cate. Though Joseph Phelps now car¬≠ries wines rang¬≠ing from Ries¬≠lings to Delice, it‚Äôs Insignia Bor¬≠deaux-style red has been called ‚Äč‚Äúone of the world‚Äôs finest Caber¬≠net Sauvi¬≠gnon-dom¬≠i¬≠nat¬≠ed blends‚ÄĚ.

Storage Instructions

It‚Äôs best to store unopened red wines in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from con¬≠stant vibra¬≠tion. Keep your bot¬≠tle hor¬≠i¬≠zon¬≠tal in a wine rack or cel¬≠lar to retain the moist¬≠ness of the cork. The ide¬≠al tem¬≠per¬≠a¬≠ture for stor¬≠age is between 16 to 18¬įC.

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