The One-Day-Only Return! 99 Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate
It’s no stretch to call Insignia a first growth of Napa Valley wine. Its track record of huge scores and incredible longevity speak for themselves. The 2016 Phelps Insignia may just be the finest in history! Unlike any vintage that proceeded it, the 2016 is Insignia like you’ve never tasted. Still brooding with immense power, the extended growing season provided finesse that is just not possible in most years.
This vintage will be looked back upon as underrated, even at 99 points! It’s also the last vintage before a big price hike that awaits the 2018 and 2019 vintages– the latest in a series of big price hikes for this cult wine classic.
Out of stock
99 Points – Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is a little reticent to begin, needing a fair bit of coaxing to reveal beautifully beguiling notions of wild blueberries, warm blackberries, black currant cordial, cloves and cedar chest with nuances of camphor, yeast extract, charcuterie and candied violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has fantastic elegance and depth, revealing loads of subtle floral, black fruit and earthy layers with a firm, very finely grained texture and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length.. -LPB (Oct. 2019)
98 Points – #28 Top 100 Wines of the USA 2019 – James Suckling
Lovely density and intensity with dark berries, blueberries and inky undertones with hints of spice, chocolate and walnuts. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. The texture and length are fantastic here. Complex. Hints of smoky wood at the end. This needs three to five years more in bottle age. Exciting wine. (May 2019)
98 Points, Cellar Selection | California’s Top 10 Collectible Wines – Wine Enthusiast
This is a lengthy, powerful blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 3% each of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Together they coalesce as one seamless, complex experience of black currant, brambly berry and black pepper, with accents of graphite, pencil and cedar. Robust in tannin and youthful energy, it will benefit from aging. -VB (Nov. 2019)
97 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
Is the 2016 Insignia the next 1997? Coming mostly from the Stags Leap region, with the rest from the Home Ranch, this deep purple-colored beauty offers a magical bouquet of crème de cassis, fruitcake, forest floor, tobacco leaf, and toasted spices. It shows even more complexity with time in the glass and is a full-bodied, powerful, ageworthy example of this cuvée that’s going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 25+ years or more. (Jan. 2020)
97 Points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
The 2016 Insignia has turned out beautifully. Silky, layered and positively striking, the 2016 is magnificent. In this vintage, Insignia is especially silky, refined and understated, which is unusual for this wine that has often been more bombastic. Readers will have to be patient with the 2016, as it needs at least several years in bottle to be at its very best, but this is all finesse and class. -AG, Jan. 2020