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98 Points 2019 Insignia ~ James Suckling

98 Points 2019 Insignia ~ James Suckling

98 points – 2019 Joseph Phelps Insignia

A very aromatic Insignia with pencil-shaving and graphite highlights to the dark fruit and blackberries. Full-bodied, yet tensioned and vertical, with very fine tannins that run deep and layered in the wine… fantastic tension and structure. (2022)

— James Suckling

94 points – 2019 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Blackberry and light dried fruit with oyster-shell undertones. It’s full-bodied with round, lightly chewy tannins that nicely accentuate the fruit character. Walnuts and wet earth. Delicious now, but better in two or three years.

— James Suckling

98 points – 2019 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard

Tobacco, ripe-berry, tar and dried-flower aromas. Full-bodied with lots of ripe berries, together with chocolate, walnuts and hazelnuts. Solid and powerful with layers of tannins and wonderful length. Phelps Preferred Shipment Only.

— James Suckling

94 points – 2019 Joseph Phelps Syrah, Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard

Very typical Syrah with green tobacco leaf, tar and dark fruit. Some meat, too. Lightly peppery. Medium to full body. Juicy finish. 40% whole cluster, and co-fermented with 5% Viognier. Delicious now and can age. Phelps Preferred Shipment Only.

— James Suckling

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