2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

98 Points Wine Advocate, 2005
98 Points Wine Advocate, 2012
95 Points Wine Advocate, 2005

Customer Ratings

Based on 41 ratings
Michael-Restaurant Manager

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

One of the best

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

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.

Is it true

I haven't had the Insignia, but I've heard it's nice. BUT IS IT TRUE THAT TRIBUTE TO OUR SOLDIERS WAS BLOCKED??? PLEASE SOMEONE CONFIRM OR DENY AS I SHANT BE DOING BUSINESS WITH SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!!

Great Wine, But Im afraid to critisize it on wineaccess

The Insignia is one of the best wines Ive ever had, lots of fruit up front with layers and layers of flavors and a long finish. Unfortunately, Im afraid to say anything bad about any wine, because Jim Weinrott shut down the wineaccess bulletin board when he didnt like a tribute that listed US soldiers who perished in Iraq. By doing that he extinguished a vibrant nationwide community of wine lovers.

Napa Valley 2002

2002 began with a very dry winter followed by a moderate spring with some rains in May. Conditions were even and mild throughout the summer with the exception of a few heat spikes in September that gave the grapes an extra push as harvest approached. The resulting wines have juicy, fresh acidities and brightness to match their deep dark-fruit cores. Overall an excellent vintage of supple, balanced, concentrated, high-quality wines that have the polish and ripeness to age well.

Key Dates

April
Slight frost damage

May
Slight rain

June
Moderate temperatures

September
High daytime temperatures and dry north winds. Cabernet harvest begins

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