For those who still collect high-end California: the newest vintage of Joseph Phelps Insignia has arrived in limited quantities at Binny's. This Bordeaux-style blend - the 2008 includes 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Verdot and 4% Merlot - is a California icon, one of the blue-chip Napa Cabernets collected by wine lovers and spectators alike.

   Robert Parker thinks highly of this Insignia. He gave the wine a preliminary 95-97 points last December, saying The 2007 and 2008 Insignias may be the best back-to-back vintages they have produced since 1995 and 1994. We haven't had a chance to taste it ... yet. 

   The 2008 vintage was a tricky one in Napa. Problems included crazy frost damage in April and blasts of heat toward the end of the season. The result is good wine but much less of it. Yields were down across the region.

   By the way, we still have limited amounts of the highly-regarded 2007 Insignia as well.