2018 Phelps Insignia
2018 Phelps Insignia Blackberry and black chocolate with mint, conifer and clove. Sweet tobacco, violets and flowers, too. Some graphite. Cool and complex. Full-bodied with ultra fine, dusty tannins and a wonderful, extremely long finish. Savory and refined. A classic-styled 2018. This needs time, but is so approachable and gorgeous. One of the best Insignias ever. Alive and changing all the time. 40% Stags Leap AVA. 87% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 3% malbec and 2% cabernet franc. Leave this for five or six years, but so wonderful now. 99pts Suckling
Very much in the style of the vintage with its pure, concentrated, yet also elegant and focused style, the 2018 Insignia offers up a vivid purple hue to go with lots of red and blue fruits, menthol, tobacco, graphite, and distinct minerality. With an almost Bordeaux-like style, medium to full-bodied richness, present tannins, and a great finish, it’s a beautiful, classic Cabernet Sauvignon blend from this team that’s going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for two decades or more. 97pts JD
Phelps’ Insignia is Napa Cabernet royalty, one of Napa’s greatest wines. First produced in 1974, this is one of the most collected, most cellared and one of the most rewarded wines on the planet. This is as Iconic at it gets, one of the First Growths of Napa Cabernet. We have just received the hugely anticipated 2018 Phelps Insignia. The legend of Phelps Insignia keeps getting better. Unlike others, number of cases has decreased by almost half, eliminating purchased fruit from the wine, only focusing on estate fruit resulting believe it or not in an even better wine. This wine is a cornerstone in any wine cellar. Treat yourself to the best. The pinnacle of red wine.