The summer months of 2002 were consistently warm and promoted remarkably strong colour and flavour vine development in Napa Valley. It helped healthy vineyards withstand the September heat wave and ripen to full maturity.
The 2002 Insignia is one of the stars born that year. This is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec primarily from estate-owned vineyards of Joseph Phelps. The wine was aged for 23 months in new French oak barrels before bottling.
The 2002 Insignia is full of black cherry jam and allspice aromas, with luscious notes of boysenberry, ripe plums, toasted oak and tobacco. The exceptionally elegant mouth-feel coats the palate with layer after layer of tannin, followed by a lengthy, textured finish containing sweet oak notes and a hint of blackberry.
Critic scores: RP 100, WS 96, W&S 93, WE 92
Useful tips: Let it breathe for 2 hours
Amsterdam, February 11th 2020