Blend and Grape Sources 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot from 100% estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards which break down as follows: 39% South Napa (Suscol Vineyard), 30% Stags Leap District (15% Barboza Vineyard and 15% Las Rocas Vineyard), 16% Oak Knoll District (Yountville Vineyard), 11% Rutherford (Banca Dorada Vineyard) and 4 % St. Helena (Home Ranch Vineyard)
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 4 – October 15, 2007
Aging/Cooperage 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels from coopers Taransaud, Dargaud Jaegle, Nadalie, Demptos, Marcel Cadet and Sylvain.
Winemaker Notes 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.
Vintage Notes 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. 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.
99 - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Perhaps I should just go ahead and give the 2007 a three-digit score as it is a profoundly great effort. (2013)