89 points Robert Parker: "Regardless of the value and quality of the Vin de Mistral wines, it is unlikely Joseph Phelps will ever shake its reputation as being first and foremost a high quality producer of Cabernet Sauvignon. Some of the greatest California red wines were made at this winery during the seventies, wines that remain reference points today. Consider for example, the 1974 Insignia, 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele, 1976 Insignia, 1977 Insignia, and 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele - all splendid California red wines that have aged effortlessly as well as gracefully. The vintages of the nineties offer the potential for wines that will equal if not eclipse some of those legends." (12/96) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Cassis, licorice, tobacco and a whiff of mint on the nose. Sweet and rather soft on the palate, with black fruit, tobacco and chocolate flavors nicely framed by fresh acidity. Finishes with fairly even, dusty tannins and suggestions of mint and menthol. Very Napa Valley."
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