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2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley
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About Joseph Phelps

Joseph Phelps Vineyards was born out of owner Joseph Phelps's love for the Napa Valley, which he discovered while his construction firm was building a winery near St. Helena. Today, Joseph Phelps Vineyards produces several wines that are 100% estate grown, including the flagship Insignia, a lush, highly concentrated blend of Bordeaux varietals.

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2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

Producer: Joseph Phelps
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2005

($150; a blend of 78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot, 7% petit verdot and 1% malbec) Ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, cedar, coffee, tobacco and bitter chocolate. Lush and smooth on entry, then dense and juicy in the middle, with intense, layered, sharply delineated dark berry and dark chocolate flavors saturating the entire palate. A powerful wine that is already quite expressive. Builds impressively on the back half, showing superb extract and a sweet finishing flavor of dark chocolate. This is consistently one of California 's very few great cabernet-based wines that is not from a single vineyard. Williams ranks this '02 with the winery's top recent vintages: 2001, 1999, 1997, 1994 and 1991.

98 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by Musselman12497108
Was even better than the high expectations that this wine had. I enjoyed it more than any Cardinale, Opus One, Cos D'Estournel, Leoville Barton that I have all recently had. I decanted it and poured it right into my new "Eisch" glasses and it was perfect within minutes
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by The Accountant
Enjoyed at Hondo's in Richmond, VA. Didn't get to finish the bottle as business partner choked on piece of Cowboy cut ribeye - never forget that dinner Steve. Oh - set the bar high for my still developing wine tastebuds.
4.5 stars today, 5 stars potential
by rkwiner
This is a full throttle, intense wine with a lot of complexity. It is a bit edgy, seems like something that will age well, very different from other vintages. After several hours of decanting it was not tamed. The bouquet is amazing. I much prefer the 2001 Insignia now, but I can imagine this one passing it in time. Today's rating I would give 94 points.


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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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