Phelps Insignia 1997
At this stage, it continues to exhibit amazing color and concentration, as if it were half its age. With complex aromas of black cherry, plum, chocolate, currant and toasty oak, the wine displays layers of flavor and richness that disguise its power and longevity. Beautifully crafter and balanced, the 1997 Insignia reflects a new level of quality from both, Las Rocas & Banca Dorada, the vineyards and the growing regions.83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot
"Prodigious when it hits the palate with a full-bodied expansiveness, there is not a hard edge to be found in the 1997, only velvety tannins, compelling depth and fruit intensity, and stunning purity. It is a perfect expression of Napa viticulture and wine that should continue to age effortlessly for two decades or more. (2013)"
- 100 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
- 96 Points & #5 Top 100 Wines of 2000 - Wine Spectator