2008 Insignia

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Publication
The Press Democrat
Author
Peg Melnik
Date
August 22, 2011
Review

Floral with flavors of blueberry, cassis and spice. Great acidity. Firm tannins. The Ferrari of wine.

Publication
JamesSuckling.com
Author
James Suckling
Date
January 7, 2011
Award
96 Points
Review

I really like the mint and floral notes on the nose that opens up to dark fruits. Full-bodied and rich, with plums, berries, and currants. This starts off slow, then takes off with a bang. A stylish wine with wonderful potential. This will be bottled in January 2011.

Publication
The Wine Advocate
Author
Antonio Galloni
Volume
Issue #198
Date
December 23, 2011
Award
97 Points
Review

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia is a towering, statuesque wine bursting with blackberry jam, tar, spices, leather and licorice. It shows fabulous depth and richness backed up by serious, imposing tannins that suggest it has a long life.

Publication
The Wine Spectator Insider
Author
James Laube
Date
August 31, 2011
Award
94 Points
Review

Dense and chewy... the glimpses of fruit offer tight mineral, crushed rock, graphite, dried currant, cedar and anise. Full-bodied... this needs time, but should provide years of rewarding drinking. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2026.

Publication
The Wine Enthusiast
Author
Steve Heimoff
Date
December 31, 2011
Award
93 Points & Cellar Selection
Review

A glamorous wine, rich and complex, with lots going on. With rich blackberry and cassis flavors wrapped into thick tannins and fine new oak sweetness... Give it a rest until 2015. Cellar Selection.

Publication
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Volume
December 2011
Award
95 Points, 3 Stars
Review

Once again, Insignia takes its accustomed place near the very head of the class, and, as usual, it is one of the most polished and well-balanced Cabernets to be had. That is not to say that it in any way lacks for authority, richness or size, for it is an intense and impressively filled wine, and it vies for top honors in a vintage that has provided more than a few noteworthy wines. It drives home the point that big wines can be wonderfully balanced, and, while delicious even now, it will not reach its peak for a good many years to come.