Winemaker Notes 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 mouth-feel coats the palate with layer after layer of tannin, followed by a lengthy, textured finish containing sweet oak notes and a hint of blackberry.
Vintage 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.
100 - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
I wish I had purchased more of this spectacular wine for my personal collection. It boasts an inky/purple color along with notes of graphite, violets, blackberries, crème de cassis and hints of charcoal and barbecue in addition to a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel that builds incrementally with great purity, staggering fruit concentration, and a long, velvety, 50+-second finish. This prodigious effort should continue to drink well for 20+ years. (2013)
96 Points & #1 Top 100 Wines of 2005 - Wine Spectator
A rich, polished, seductive style with layers of complexity built around a dense, concentrated mix of currant, blackberry, plum and exotic mocha- and cedar-scented oak. This mouthcoating young wine is powerful yet elegant and deftly balanced, finishing with a long, succulent aftertaste. (2005)
Blend and Grape Sources
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec from 85% estate & 15% grower vineyards: 25% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford), 17% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena), 16% Las Rocas Vineyard and 13% Barboza Vineyard (Stags Leap), 14% Yountville Vineyard (Oak Knoll) and 15% Coombsville and St. Helena growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates Sept. 20 to Oct. 17, 2002
Aging/Cooperage 23 months in new French oak barrels