Proprietary Bordeaux Blend
Blend and Grape Sources
71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc, primarily from estate-owned vineyards in Stags Leap and Rutherford, with additional fruit coming from independent growers in Carneros and St. Helena.
Grapes were harvested between October 1-20, 1999 at an average 24.0° Brix. The wine is currently aging in new French oak barrels with bottling scheduled for February, 2002.
The outstanding 1999 vintage was characterized by a long growing season which allowed flavor development to proceed at a measured pace. Temperatures were mild, there was no threat of rain, and warm weather in mid-July allowed the crop to mature into picture-perfect clusters of small berries which, by harvest, displayed optimal color, flavor and acid levels. The Insignia from this growing season is a deep, black cherry red color, with aromas of roasted black fruit, licorice, cedar and spice. The tannins are rich and full in flavor and texture to give this wine incredible depth and length in the finish.