Firm, dense and deeply concentrated, this offers a powerful thrust of flavors, with mocha- and espresso-laced blackberry, black licorice and cedar notes, revving up on the finish. Pure, driven and persistent, this seems set for a long life. Best to cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Best from 2015 through 2028.—J.L.
A gorgeously intense bouquet of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, black currants, blackberries, and subtle smoke and foresty aromas jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with soft tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty is one of the top Insignias produced over recent years. It should age easily for 20+ years.
Wine Maker Notes
Grapes from each vineyard are vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, in contact with the skins, over an average period of 21 days. After malolactic fermentation, the blend is assembled within six month of harvest and aged approximately two years in new French oak barrels. The wine is then given a light filtration before bottling.
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 2% Malbec from 100% estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards that break down as follows: Stags Leap District (23% Las Rocas Vineyard and 17% Barboza Vineyard), St. Helena (21% Spring Valley Ranch Vineyard), Oak Knoll District (19% Yountville Vineyard), Rutherford (17% Banca Dorada Vineyard) and Napa Valley (3% Suscol Vineyard).