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1999 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend

USA California North Coast Napa

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Professional Reviews

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 11/2013
91 points Connoisseurs' Guide, Connoisseur's Guide 9/2002
94 points Wine Spectator 7/2002
93 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC 4/2002

Member Reviews


Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend 1999
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Mike P.
Mike P.

Rated  on May 24, 2008

Now we are talking. Great nose of truffles. An amazing fullness on the palate. Showed its breed. Good dark fruit. Nice balance. My wine of the flight. Glad I have some in my cellar

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Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend 1999
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Jason M.
Jason M.

Rated  on Jan 19, 2008

Just finished off my last 1999 with friends. The blend was all that we would expect from Mr. Phelps. The quality of this Insignia produced tastey layers that made it a pleasure to drink.

The 2002's are next, but not right away...

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Network Reviews

Definitely not a value purchase
Score: 91 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
Sampled 12/22/08 in Magnum. This cassis laden wine is not particularly full in body compared to better vintages. It is smooth with some interesting floral and black fruit notes but is not impressive like the `95. WS (as seems to be the case more often than not with Cabs) gets this one wrong at 94 points. RP hit it on the head.
Posted by mxpbuy on December 22, 2008
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Who can go wrong with the 1999 Insignia?
Score: 90 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
Dark and very concentrated color. Big all around wine. Flavors of black currant, blackberry, anise, and light oak. You can feel the structure the tannins provide the wine, but you do not feel them. Finish really lingers. This is a very age-worthy wine that will only get better as it ages.
Posted by ltlnordy on September 9, 2007
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