I'm throwin' rocks tonight. Mark it, Dude.
We had this bottle decanted at the table about an hour before dinner.
Beautiful opaque black/purple juice was poured with no signs of maturity. Abundant dark fruits with spices dominated, but there were also hints of smokey cedar, or eucalyptus.
This was an excellent bottle of wine that will continue to age well for another 15/20 years, and one of the best bottles of the 1999 Insignia that I've opened. 94/95 points
There are no less than 5 threads on this wine. This is the oldest.
1999 Joseph Phelps Insignia - USA, California, Napa Valley (10/17/2009)
Tasted October 17, 2009 at an offline.
Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of smoke, plums, florals, currants, raspberries and a bit of dark chocolate. Lovely flavors of plums, berrries, a bit of Bing cherry and a dash of raspberries. Medium acidity, firm tannins and body. Drink now with some air time or continue to hold. (92 pts.)
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I want to say this came out on top in a recent WSJ 1999 retrospective...
Thanks for the note.
So much wine.....so little time!!!
I've opened a lot of 1999 Insignia, most bottles I rated 90/92 points. However, my last bottle was opened in August 2009 and I rated it 94/95 points. It was indeed something very special, and now I'm thinking I've opened too many bottles of the 1999 Insignia-----too early!
I'm glad all of mine have been sitting in off-site storage!
Out of sight, out of mind.
I don't remember...
It's been fun to follow this wine over the years. It clearly is in the best spot it has ever been in and will last another 10 years.
I'm soooo glad I've waited on these.....I've been hoping they would be hitting stride for a retirement party in '11. Sounds like that may work out just fine.
Better Red Than Not!
1999 Joseph Phelps Insignia - USA, California, Napa Valley (12/24/2012)
3rd time I have had this. This bottle was a gift from Dr.T. Opened at a Christmas party. Not decanted and moderately sedimented. Drinking beautifully now. Smooth and elegant. Very different than when released. Notes of cedar, herbs and plums. Integrated tannins. Long finish. 95 points.
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