2018 Joseph Phelps Insignia
Region: Napa Valley
Cépage: Cabernet Sauvignon (87%); Petit Verdot (8%); Malbec (3%); Cabernet Franc (2%)
Size: 750 ml
Rating(s): 97+ (RP); 98 (JD); 99 (JS)
" It has an incredible bouquet of cassis, currants, dark chocolate, lead pencil, and tobacco, and while it's unquestionably Napa, it has a regal, structured, almost Bordeaux-like vibe as well. Full-bodied, perfectly balanced, and layered on the palate, with silky tannins, this quintessential Insignia is up with the finest vintages of this cuvée I've tasted and is in the same realm as the 1997 (the first vintage I bought for my personal cellar), 2001, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016."
Jeb Dunnuck (JD) - 12/21