Joseph Phelps Vineyards - Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia 2018 (750ml)

 
WA
97+
JS
99
V
93-96

Price: $320.00

#42 James Suckling Top 100 Wines of 2021

Producer Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Country United States
Region California
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2018
Sku 1704718
Size 750ml

James Suckling: 99 Points

Blackberry and black chocolate with mint conifer and clove. Sweet tobacco violets and flowers too. Some graphite. Cool and complex. Full-bodied with ultra fine dusty tannins and a wonderful extremely long finish. Savory and refined. A classic-styled 2018. This needs time but is so approachable and gorgeous. One of the best Insignias ever. Alive and changing all the time. 40% Stags Leap AVA. 87% cabernet sauvignon 8% petit verdot 3% malbec and 2% cabernet franc. Leave this for five or six years but so wonderful now.

Wine Advocate: 97+ Points

The 2018 Insignia is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Petit Verdot 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard sources this year include: 30% Las Rocas (Stags Leap District)18% Yountville (Oak Knoll District) 13% Banca Dorada (Rutherford) 18% Suscol (South Napa Valley) 14% Home Ranch (St. Helena) 12% Las Rocas (Stags Leap District) 7% Barboza (Stags Leap District). It was aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored it comes storming out of the glass with powerful notes of blackcurrant cordial stewed black plums and boysenberries plus hints of cedar chest graphite menthol and wet slate with a fragrant waft of clove oil. The medium to full-bodied palate already demonstrates remarkable balance at this youthful stage featuring a firm backbone of fine-grained tannins and bold freshness to support the tightly wound crunchy black fruits finishing long and spicy. 17000 cases were made.

Vinous: 93-96 Points

The 2018 Insignia is a beautiful wine. It is also quite delicate and less bombastic than some recent vintages have been. Its hard to tell if that is just the personality of the year or if changes in farming and/or winemaking are also at play. I suppose time will tell. In the meantime the 2018 is gorgeous Insignia with tons of potential. Blueberry jam spice menthol dried he