My aunt’s birthday called for a celebratory wine; I was lucky enough to enjoy the 2003 30th Anniversary Joseph Phelps Insignia while out to dinner at Farm in Carneros. First produced in 1974, Insignia was the first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend produced in California. A blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec, this wine was smooth and rich, a beautiful dark ruby color, I’m afraid I dove right in and forgot to take a picture but it really was so pretty!
The mouth was everything I love in a Napa Cab; fruit forward, luscious mouth-feel, long smooth finish, and while there are still some tannins, they were not over-powering. That being said, I think there’s still many good years ahead for this wine. While this wine may be a bit above my everyday budget, it truly was a treat and rounded out our celebration dinner nicely!
Wine: 2003 30th Anniversary Joseph Phelps Insignia
Purchased: Generous contribution to dinner by family friend
Price: apron. $170
Would buy again: Yes – special occasion wine 🙂
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