On Sunday, WineAccess email “open rates” are 30% below the weekdays. It’s not too tough to figure out why. In Florida, we take a backseat to tee-times and the front nine. In Boston, it’s all about Brady and Gronk.
So why are we sending an email about the #1 Wine of 2015 on a Sunday??
With just 228 bottles remaining in the warehouse of Robert Parker’s 96- to 100-point 2012 Joseph Phelps “Insignia,” sending this offer to the entire membership is a recipe for a customer service disaster. As a result, we’re dribbling emails out today — just a few thousand at a time.
As to those on the golf course or glued to the tube, what they don’t see won’t hurt them.
We first began collecting Joseph Phelps Insignia in the early 1990s, when we were representing the winery on the East Coast. While our Insignia collection is not as deep as the cellar at Sparks Steak House, it’s equally thorough. Having tasted over 20 vintages in their youth, we — like Robert Parker — are convinced that the 2012 is the most extraordinary Insignia ever made.
In The Wine Advocate’s “The Historical Tasting of Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia” of November 2013, nine vintages were rated 98 points or more. Just three garnered 100 points — 1991, 1997, and the stunning 2002. But the 2012 is the ONLY Insignia to have earned 100-point potential from Robert Parker when tasted from barrel!
The MONUMENTAL 2012 Joseph Phelps Insignia is a classic Left Bank blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc. 100% estate-grown and -bottled. Opaque purple in color. Extravagant aromas of cassis, mountain blueberry, graphite, and tobacco, dashed with sweet spice. Massive on the attack, just packed with black-fruit preserves and crème de cassis. Parker described it as “deep, multidimensional, full-bodied, rich and opulent with a voluptuous texture.” Anticipated maturity: “2013-2043.”
Tasted three times by RP. 96-100 points on each occasion. $240 on release. $195 today for the WineAccess #1 of 2015. The last 228 bottles are now up for grabs of the greatest Insignia ever made. Shipping included on 2.
these were cellared for years to come.
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