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1975 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes In 1975, the outstanding quality of Merlot fruit yielded a unique-tasting wine with bright cherry/minty flavors, and the decision was made to produce an Insignia primarily from Merlot. This is the only Insignia produces where the percentage of Merlot exceeds Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 22.3° Brix and aged 18 months in new 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in August 1977.

Vintage Notes Ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon was slowed somewhat during the atypically cool 1975 growing season, but on November 3rd we began to harvest mature fruit of excellent sugar/acid balance. Coloring pigments in wine tend to be more stable when ripened in cool weather, accounting for the remarkably deep purple hue of this wine.

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Blend and Grape Sources 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from independent growers.

Appellation Napa Valley

Harvest Dates Early November 1975

Aging/Cooperage 18 months in new 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in August 1977.


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