Winemaker Notes The 2003 Insignia is layered with aromas of blackberries, black cherries, anise, dark chocolate and coffee. The aromas and flavors are framed by mouth-coating tannins and followed by an extremely long finish.
Vintage Notes A cool, wet spring seemed to forecast a vintage that would have difficulty ripening, but July and August were unusually warm without the fog-shrouded mornings typical of Napa Valley summers. Clear skies provided a complete daily dose of solar radiation to the vines and fruit, allowing for good photosynthesis and grape development, and hot weather in mid-September provided additional heat accumulation. After the heat spell broke, it was replaced by near-ideal weather conditions of overcast mornings, warm, sunny afternoons and temperatures in the low to mid eighties.
94 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Full-bodied, opulent, and rich with outstanding depth, purity, and harmony, sweet tannin, and a long finish… (2006)
Blend and Grape Sources
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 3% Malbec from 87% estate & 13% grower vineyards: 31% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford), 23% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena), 20% Las Rocas Vineyard and 10% Barboza Vineyard (Stags Leap), 3% Yountville Vineyard (Oak Knoll) and 13% Coombsville and St. Helena growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 22 - October 21, 2003
Aging/Cooperage 24 months in new French oak barrels