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 Joseph Phelps Insignia 2003 ( Damaged Label)
Napa Valley, USA  
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Only One Bottle Available, 96 points Wine Enthusiast One of the first, if not the first, of the proprietarily named Napa Bordeaux blends, Phelps Insignia has been one of Californiaís greatest Cabs for decades. This is their 30th anniversary bottling, and itís worthy of the tradition. Ultrarich and smooth, with a mouthfeel thatís pure velvet, itís fairly thick in tannins now, suggesting cellaring. But itís huge in blackberry, dark unsweetened chocolate and spicy plum fruit, and will easily hold for a very long time. (3/ 2007) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2003 has performed well in recent tasting, showing a dense purple color along with notes of creosote, lavender, flowers, creme de cassis, espresso roast, white chocolate and a hint of oak. Still in a young adolescent stage, it should drink nicely for another 15-20 years. (11/ 2013) 92 points Connoisseurs Guide *Cellar Selection* Not surprisingly, this year's Insignia again takes its accustomed place near the head of its class. It is a very deep and involving wine with a genuinely complex interplay of ripe cherries, sweet smoke, subtle herbs and notes of dusty soil running its length. As always, it displays hallmark polish and exemplary balance, yet it is never wanting for richness or strength. It deserves to be set aside for at least four or five years and has a very good shot at improving for a decade or more. (12/ 2006) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Full ruby-red. Slightly jammy aromas of blackberry, mocha and dark chocolate. Not especially dense or fleshy but has an attractive juicy quality and good life. Dominated by a flavor of black raspberry. Finishes with big, firm, rather fine tannins. (6/ 2006)

Food Pairing:
Cabernet goes well with beef, lamb and goose. It also does well with brie, cheddar cheese and chocolate

About Varietal:
Cabernet is the king of wines. Full flavored, full bodied, full tannins. Cabernet is for people who like big wines. California Cabernets are the biggest and boldest, French Cabernets (Often from Bordeaux) tend to be more mellow and subtle. Many of the best Cabernets have flavors and aromas of berries, plums, currants, cocoa, smoke, leather, cedar and oak.

Recipe:
CABERNET-BRAISED SHORT RIBS
Prep time: 20 minutes / Cook time: 3 hours
Ingredients:
3 to 4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs (4 large short ribs)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound small parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 medium onion, peeled and cubed
1 garlic bulb, peeled and sectioned
1 tablespoon flour
1 (750 ml.) bottle Mario Perelli-Minetti California Cabernet Sauvignon
1 (14 + -oz.) can reduced sodium beef broth
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

Directions:
Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Working in batches in a large pot, cook in oil on medium-high heat until well browned. Remove from pot and set aside. Add parsnips, carrots, onion and garlic; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute more. Add wine, broth and Dijon to pot, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Return short ribs to the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer over low heat, covered but with the lid cracked, for 2 hours. Remove cover and simmer over medium-high heat for 30 minutes. Season to taste with thyme, salt and pepper. Serve over soft polenta or mashed potatoes. Makes 4 servings. *May substitute turkey sausage.
Pairing Suggestion: The main cue in food and wine pairing is the type of sauce or spice used on each dish, so pair these hearty short ribs with the same Cabernet Sauvignon used in the sauce.


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