This may be a fast-developing vintage as it is already displaying some tertiary nuances. Lots of cedarwood, forest floor, spring flower, black currant and blackberry characteristics intermixed with hints of charcoal and background oak emerge from this full-bodied, glycerin-filled, opulent effort. Aged 24 months in new French oak, this stunning 2004 should continue to drink well for 10-15 more years.
Vinous Stephen Tanzer
(14.7% alcohol; a very small crop due to to heat during bloom; the average yield was 1.7 tons per acre; a three-week heat spell from late August into September resulted in some shriveled fruit): Bright, dark ruby-red. Deep, ripe, expressive nose offers plum, graphite, mocha and violet aromas, plus hints of dried fruits and nutmeg.
Wonderfully plush, superconcentrated wine; fleshy and sweet, conveying a small-berry character and outstanding early appeal. Its lavish ripeness is supported by firm acidity, underlying minerality and big, late-arriving tannins. As sexy as this wine is today, it's not yet near its peak. Beginning with this vintage, the Insignia has been made with 100% estate fruit.
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec from 100% estate-grown vineyards: 27% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena), 24% Las Rocas Vineyard and 8% Barboza Vineyard (Stags Leap), 22% Yountville Vineyard (Oak Knoll) and 19% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford). 24 months in new French oak barrels from Taransaud, Dargaud Jaegle, Nadalie, Demptos and Vicard.
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Joseph Phelps Vineyards
200 Taplin Rd
St Helena CA 94574