Joseph Phelps Insignia 2011, Napa Valley California 

My Rating 95 Points.   

Price $200.

Intense dark Inky/ purple in color with a purple rim.

Gorgeous nose of red vanilla, oak, (and more oak and vanilla), blackberries, black currants, plums, sweet cherries, figs, chocolates, raisins, light cloves, pencil lead, licorice, leather, spices and black pepper.

Full-bodied and bold, smooth and elegant, with medium plus acidity and gorgeous legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, blueberries, figs, cherries, black currants, leather, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins, spices and black pepper.

What a great pleasure I had with this Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Smooth, concentrated, balanced and chewy on the palate, with a great mouth feel.

I didn’t have the luxury to let it open up enough, and that’s too bad. Needed 3 hours, and I had only an hour (It was devoured very quickly… )

Still young, and not to its full potential yet, but drinking so well already, just by itself or with a big piece of steak. I paired it with lamb chops on the grill.

A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 24 months in 100% French oak barrels.

Robert Parker 93 points, Wine Enthusiasts 96. I’m at 95 points.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

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