Winemaker Notes After two years in barrel, the 2005 Insignia has blossomed and is showing amazing depth and texture with intense dark fruit characteristics. The wine is deeply colored and is layered with floral, anise, black cherry and graphite on the nose followed by well balanced tannins, fruit and acidity in the body.
Vintage Notes The beginning of 2005 was wet; between January and the end of June there was an accumulation of approximately 25 inches of rain, which helped sustain the larger than normal crop load. In 2005, what turned into optimum weather conditions during bud break, bloom and set just solidified the crop size. Shoots had three clusters instead of the normal two, and thinning passes were conducted during the unusually temperate summer to balance the vine, improve air and light distribution within the vine canopy and ensure optimal quality. The extended hang time in 2005 also allowed for the development of balanced sugar and acidity in the cluster.
95+ Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The wine possesses a European-like structure because of the firm tannins and slight austerity, but it exhibits a beautiful density of fruit. (2013)
Blend and Grape Sources 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot from 100% estate-grown vineyards in Rutherford (30%), South Napa (22%), the St. Helena Home Ranch (17%) and Stags Leap District (17% Barboza Vineyard and 14% Las Rocas Vineyard).
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 29 - November 1, 2005
Aging/Cooperage 24 months in new French oak barrels from Taransaud, Dargaud, Jaegle, Nadalie, Demptos and Vicard.