2002 Insignia

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Varietal
Proprietary Bordeaux Blend
Blend and Grape Sources
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec primarily from estate-owned vineyards in Stags Leap and Rutherford, with additional fruit coming from independent growers.
Harvest Dates
Sept. 20 to Oct. 17, 2002
Winemaking Data
Grapes were harvested between Sept. 20 - Oct. 17 at an average 25.4° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks then aged 23 months in new 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in January and February, of 2005.

The 2002 Insignia is full of black cherry jam and allspice aromas, with luscious notes of boysenberry, ripe plums, toasted oak and tobacco. The exceptionally elegant mouthfeel coats the palate with layer after layer of tannin, followed by a lengthy, textured finish containing sweet oak notes and a hint of blackberry.
Winemaker Notes
Consistent warmth throughout the summer, along with 20 days of morning fog for both July and August, resulted in vine development running at full efficiency - shoot and leaf growth was strong and vine canopies were entirely filled with leaves to capture the sun's energy. In September the weather pattern changed dramatically. High temperatures and dry north winds caused vine physiology to respond with an increase in sugar and a drop in acidity. Fortunately, the summer months had promoted remarkably strong color and flavor development, enabling healthy vineyards to withstand the September heat wave and ripen to full maturity.
Release Date
Fall, 2005