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Joseph Phelps Insignia
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Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011

Napa Valley, California, United StatesNo longer available, other than the odd restaurant list or courtesy of a generous collector, the 2011 Insignia is showing some age. The 82/11/4/2/1/ cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, malbec, merlot and cabernet franc from estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards are now reaching middle age. The growing season began typically with bud break occurring at the end of March, but cold weather delayed bloom by two to three weeks. By mid-June, preparations were underway to mitigate an unusually cool growing season: vines were forced into competition for water by leaving cover crop untilled, irrigation was delayed, and clusters were thinned. An eleven-day warming trend in mid-September helped to ripen the fruit but the first grapes in the merlot block weren't picked until October 3 at the Yountville Vineyard. The cabernet sauvignon, from the Home Ranch Vineyard, was picked on November 1. The wine is typically floral, and its personality is on the lighter side although the structure and tannin remain reasonably intense. The highlights are rich black cherry, tobacco and espresso. Drink now with a steak and chimichurri sauce.Tasted: 13 March 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: ON 225.00 LCBO QC 225.00 SAQ NS 225.00 Producer: Joseph Phelps VineyardsDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
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Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot - Malbec - Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 418566UPC: 831906009985