1993 Insignia

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Varietal
Proprietary Bordeaux Blend
Blend and Grape Sources
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, primarily from our estate-owned Las Rocas vineyard in Stags Leap and Banca Dorada vineyard in the Rutherford Bench, as well as from independent growers; 12% Merlot from Stags Leap and Carneros.
Harvest Dates
Sep 9 - Oct 19, 1993
Winemaking Data
Grapes were harvested from September 9, - October 19, 1993 at an average 24.6 degrees Brix and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then aged 26 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in February, 1996.
Winemaker Notes
The challenging 1993 growing season was characterized by hot, dry weather and a light crop, yet once the heat spell broke on September 3, the cooler temperatures promoted uniform ripening in the vineyards. In a vintage where colors tended to be lighter and tannins harsher, our Cabernet and Merlot grapes were small and deeply pigmented, producing a highly extractive, black/purple wine with complex flavors and smooth tannins. After blending and aging, this is proving to be one of the biggest Insignias produced in some time, with deep, pure varietal aromas and remarkable depth of flavor. (We can identify black cherry, black currants, spice and a touch of oak). Additional bottle aging will develop these flavors even further.
Release Date
Fall, 1996