At 7,500 cases of insignia made, this is half the usual production at Joseph Phelps (see vintage highlights). Introduced in 1974, Insignia is California’s first Bordeaux-style proprietar­y red blend, made each year of the best selection of grapes (think St. Helena, Rutherford and more). The estate-grown 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc blend races out of the glass with generous dark fruit and chocolate espresso notes. The palate is velvety and enveloping, building up layers of cherry, blackcurra­nt and tobacco with finessed tannins, finishing long and lush. Critics point to 10-30 years of ageing. $355 from wine-clique.com

(ETA April)

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