88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot from 100% estate-owned Napa Valley vineyards which break down as follows: * South Napa, 39% (Suscol Vineyard.) * Stags Leap District, 30% (15% Barboza Vineyard.and 15% Las Rocas Vineyard.) * Oak Knoll District, 16% (Yountville Vineyard.) * Rutherford, 11% (Banca Dorada Vineyard.) * St. Helena, 4% (Spring Valley Ranch Vineyards)
Grapes were harvested between September 4 – October 15, 2007 at an average 24.5° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels from coopers Taransaud, Dargaud Jaegle, Nadalie, Demptos, Marcel Cadet and Sylvain.
The darkly pigmented 2007 Insignia is a perfect example of the amazing color this vintage produced. Rich aromatics of mineral, baking spices, dark chocolate, graphite, and opulent plum and blackberry lead to the concentrated and balanced mouthfeel. Silky, well structured tannins, core black fruit and sweet oak notes from our estate vineyards create length and weight that will allow this beautiful wine to age, as well as remain approachable in its youth.
January through March were drier than in previous years. Soils dried out prematurely, and in order to bring moisture to the root zone we began to till early. Bud break arrived early with the warming temperatures that spring brought. Bloom also came early with near perfect weather throughout this period. This ensured good berry set for all varieties. Summer temperatures for the most part were temperate and consistent. Due to the low rainfall during the winter months the vines matured more rapidly, canes lignified earlier and the period from veraison to harvest was shorter than our historical average. 2007cluster weights were between 23% and 45% lower than historical weights, leading to lower yields. As the summer progressed, irrigation strategies and canopy management became key factors in developing fruit quality. Overall fruit was excellent and 2007 is considered one of the best vintages of the past decade.