2010 Insignia

Publication
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Author
Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Date
October 2013
Award
95 Points
Review

The stunning 2010 Insignia, which is now in bottle, was made from 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and the rest Merlot and Malbec. A gorgeously intense bouquet of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, black currants, blackberries, and subtle smoke and foresty aromas jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with soft tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty is one of the top Insignias produced over recent years.

Publication
International Wine Cellar
Author
Stephen Tanzer
Date
May, 2013
Award
94+ Points
Review

Captivating violet lift to the aromas of cassis, minerals, bitter chocolate, licorice and sexy oak... Boasts lovely clarity and lifts to its dark fruit, minerals and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with a serious brace of tongue-dusting tannins and outstandingly subtle, juicy persistence. A brilliant showing considering it was bottled just a month prior to my visit. 

Publication
The Wine Spectator
Author
James Laube
Date
November 15, 2013
Award
94 Points, Spectator Collectible Selection
Review

Firm, dense and deeply concentrated, this offers a powerful thrust of flavors, with mocha- and espresso-laced blackberry, black licorice and cedar notes, revving up on the finish. Pure, driven and persistent, this seems set for a long life. Best to cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Best from 2015 through 2028.

Publication
WineReviewOnline.com
Author
Michael Apstein
Date
October 2, 2010
Award
96 Points
Review

Insignia, a gloriously suave Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec, remains one of Napa Valley's most acclaimed wines. And with good reason judging from the 2010. An explosive wine, its glossy texture is all the more amazing considering the wine's concentration and power. You know you are in for a treat with the first whiff as you pour. The panoply of aromas follows onto the palate. Long and layered, it is remarkably approachable now, though its impeccable balance means it will develop beautifully over a decade or so. Wow!

Publication
Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Author
Antonio Galloni
Date
November 2013
Award
96+ Points
Review

Dark plums, graphite, pencil shavings, smoke and licorice all jump from the glass... The tannins are sweet, layered and impeccably balanced, which makes me think the 2010 will enjoy a long drinking window once it softens. The 2010 is a beautiful, silky Insignia, but it needs time. Drinking window: 2018-2030

Publication
The Wine Enthusiast
Author
Steve Heimoff
Date
December "Best of Year 2013"
Award
97 Points & Cellar Selection
Review

This is, as always, a gorgeous wine, rich, balanced and delicious. It shows classic Napa Valley ripeness, with blackberry jam, plum, dark chocolate and sweet oak flavors. Plush and velvety doesn’t begin to do it justice. Despite it’s fabulous lushness, this is a wine to age. Depending on your taste, it will provide excellence from now until 2030.

Publication
International Wine Report
Date
November 2013
Award
95 Points
Review

It displays a fantastic pitch-dark, inky color and offers seductive aromas of ripe dark currants, dark cherries, chocolate, exotic spices, herbs, toasted hazelnut, and roasted coffee. This is rich, layered and opulent with excellent depth and concentration, while demonstrating remarkable balance. It all ends with a finish that is long, supple and mouth-coating leaving behind plenty of dark fruits, spices and chocolate flavors. A wonderful Insignia that is absolutely delicious right out of the gate, however it also has the potential to evolve for decades.

Publication
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Author
Charles Olkin
Date
December 2013
Award
94 Points, 2 Stars
Review

It is a very rare outing in which Insignia does not rank among the best and nothing has changed in 2010. Right from the start, this latest effort impresses with its depth, its obvious polish and its vibrancy, and while never wanting for ripeness, it is a wonderfully layered and patently sophisticated wine of real pedigree. Its ample, but decidedly fine tannins and its firm acid balance mark it as one that will evolve handsomely for a decade or two despite the fact that its refinement is sure to tempt early drinking, and it deserves to be set aside and patiently saved for special occasions. 

Publication
JamesSuckling.com
Author
James Suckling
Date
May 2014
Award
93 Points
Review

Aromas of blueberries, chocolate and licorice follow through to a full body, with soft tannins and a fresh finish. This is a luscious, delicious Joseph Phelps Insignia. Harmonies and forward now. Drink now or hold.