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Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997

Auction:
2398
Lot:
137A
Sold for:
$790$650

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Auction:
Fine Wines - 2398
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
March 14, 2008 6:00PM

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Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997
Napa
"Joseph Phelps' flagship wine is their fabulous Insignia, a wine with a tremendous track record back to the debut vintage of 1974. It is produced in significant quantities (18,000-20,000 cases) for a wine of such quality. The prodigious 1997 Insignia (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and 3% Petit-Verdot) lives up to its pre-bottling promise. Tasted on three separate occasions, every bottle has hit the bull's eye. The color is a saturated thick-looking blue/purple. The nose offers up explosive aromas of jammy black fruits, licorice, Asian spices, vanillin, and cedar. Full-bodied as well as exceptionally pure and impressively endowed, this blockbuster yet surprisingly elegant wine cuts a brilliant swath across the palate. A seamless effort with beautifully integrated acidity, sweet tannin, and alcohol, it is still an infant, but can be drunk with considerable pleasure. Anticipated maturity: now-2025." R. Parker, 96 pts. 12/00 2 magnums
Estimate $600-900

Keywords

Joseph Phelps Insignia, Joseph Phelps, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Napa County, California, Petit verdot, Wine, Wine tasting

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