Winemaker Notes The 1996 insignia wine displays aromas of ripe black fruit, spice and hints of new oak, along with intense fruit flavors, sweet tannins and a long, textured finish.
96 Points - Wine Spectator
Ripe and polished, with deep, complex currant, herb, blackberry, cherry, sage, tea and spice flavors, all sharply focused and built on a frame of supple tannins. (1999)
Blend and Grape Sources
83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot from 71% estate & 29% grower vineyards: 46% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford), 25% Las Rocas Vineyard (Stags Leap) and 29% Coombsville, St. Helena and Carneros growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 19 - October 4, 1996
Aging/Cooperage 22 months in new French oak barrels