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Average critic rating : 92.0 points



The 1998 displays a dark garnet color as well as notes of leafy tobacco, underbrush, black cherries and black currants. An elegant, mid-weight Insignia with sweet fruit, ripe tannin and interesting cedar, licorice and spice characteristics, it is fully mature and is unlikely to get any better. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years. ||The El Nino weather pattern in 1998 brought abundant rain to Napa Valley in the spring and later in the summer. Grape clusters were characterized by irregular ripening and different-sized berries, then the threat of raisining when heat spikes occurred. The nightmare growing season required diligent and frequent vineyard work. Getting cooler and mountainside vineyard sites fully mature was difficult, if not impossible. The more precocious vineyards began harvesting at the end of September and continued through early November (which did not happen again until 2011). Joseph Phelps produced 14,000 cases of the 1998 Insignia, a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot (80% from estate vineyards and 20% from growers). The alcohol came in at 14%., 2013


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We deliver Monday to Friday; charges are £ 16 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent) for most UK postcodes.
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Our storage costs are highly competitive. We will happily accept cases or single bottles, charging pro-rata based on the number of bottles and length of storage period.
Unlike many other wine companies, our service includes storage of duty paid wines as well as in bond from any reputable source, not just those bought through FINE+RARE.
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FINE+RARE can arrange delivery of your wines to your personal fine wine storage account:
Deliveries within London City Bond or to a Vinotheque storage account are charged at £ 8 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent).
Deliveries to all other storage providers are charged at £ 16 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent).

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