An extraordinary dense plum/purple color is followed by a seductive as well as explosive bouquet of white chocolate, creme de cassis, spring flowers, licorice and a touch of graphite. This full-bodied, opulent 1991 reveals a flawless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol. Magnificent in the mouth with an opulent and voluptuous texture, and not a hard edge to be found, it reveals mindboggling purity and vigor. This sensational Insignia can be enjoyed over the next 10-15+ years. (RP)
A rich, decadent, voluptuous wine, the 1991 is a phenomenal Insignia. Dark red and blue fruits, mocha and spices are some of the notes that flesh out in this modern-day classic from Phelps. This is such a great example of the more fruit-driven, ripe style in Napa Valley at its best. Even with all of the intensity, all the elements are in the right place. (AG)
Sleek, rich and focused, offering a tightly focused beam of spicy cedar, currant and black cherry. Firms up nicely on the finish, where the tannins flex their muscles, yet the fruit complexity and concentration pushes through. (JL, Web Only-2002)
Especially deep crimson right out to the rim. Intense, concentrated, youthful cassis. Opulent without being hot. Bitter chocolate. Very smooth texture. Luscious. Definitely not bordeaux; real Napa Valley character? Still with a firm framework. Long and complete and well integrated even though some fine tannins are still perceptible. According to Bill Phelps, this wine really shows the important evolutionary changes. Best of everything here. 18/20 points. (JR)
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