November 21, 2012 12:39 pm
Joseph Phelps Insignia
Practice your curtsies and bows, winelovers, because we are about to introduce you to red wine royalty! The 2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia Cabernet Blend is masterfully and intricately layered with opulent flavors ranging from lush, dark fruit to minerals, good acidity and floral notes. Now add creaminess and "stunning concentration and purity" and everything comes together to bang loudly on the door of perfection. The fact that it's in a magnum only makes it better... This remarkable Joseph Phelps will be approachable in its youth, but may also be a twinkling gem in your cellar which anchors an important celebration years from now. Your choice... When that day does come, we think that the gorgeous fruit and dark roasted coffee notes in this Insignia will be lovely with a first course of orrechiette pasta with grilled sweet sausage and sweet peppers with ricotta salata. Of course, the beautifully long finish is such that you might just want say hello to that first glass without the distraction of food. Once you've gotten acquainted, we think you'll need robust, hearty fare to go with this incredibly smooth Napa red. Lamb, beef, meat and game will be worthy pairings. A classic choice which will show off the staggeringly rich aromatics of this Cabernet blend would be thick cut lamb chops with rosemary, baby carrots, anchovy and fennel. We also recommend duck breast with spiced rhubarb, marcona almonds and duck confit. And finally, red wine braised short ribs with caramelized shallots and creamy polenta will pay homage to the serious pedigree of this Phelps. You won't want to stop there, so we suggest that you have another glass with a wedge of dark chocolate ganache tart with a salted pretzel crust. Ridiculously, unforgettably, royally, crazy good!!
Size: 1500ml; cork
Varietal: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot
Ageing: 24 months in 100% new French oak from coopers Taransaud, Dargaud Jaegle, Nadalie, Demptos and Sylvain
Region: Napa Valley, California
Joseph Phelps Insignia National Deal