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Joseph Phelps Insignia
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17¼/20

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2010

Napa Valley, California, United StatesLike many of the star 2010 California reds, it’s the cool, mineral, floral stony notes that attract. The blend is 84/10/4/2 cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, merlot and malbec. A svelte Insignia, at least as lean as a Napa red can be, has helped this wine to age effortlessly. The palate reveals more of the richness and dark chocolate and New World sweetness that speaks to California cabernet sauvignon. This bottle was fading a bit, at least on the nose, but the palate remains impressive offering spicy, leafy, chocolate, coffee, blackcurrant, and violets that fade into a long, chalky finish. Perfect drinking now but will likely hang in through 2025. Roast beef and roasted vegetables would be an excellent match. Availability restricted to restaurants, specialty retailers and auctions at this point.Tasted: 13 March 2019Tasted by: Prices: ON 225.00 LCBO QC 225.00 SAQ NS 225.00 Producer: Joseph Phelps VineyardsDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Lifford Wine and Spirits
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot - Merlot - MalbecCSPC: 495945UPC: 831906009985