Winemaker Notes At this stage, it continues to exhibit amazing color and concentration, as if it were half its age. With complex aromas of black cherry, plum, chocolate, currant and toasty oak, the wine displays layers of flavor and richness that disguise its power and longevity. Beautifully crafter and balanced, the 1997 Insignia reflects a new level of quality from both, Las Rocas & Banca Dorada, the vineyards and the growing regions.
Vintage Notes The 1997 vintage presented one of the most challenging growing seasons in recent memory, yet produced some of the best red wines California has seen in decades.
100 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Prodigious when it hits the palate with a full-bodied expansiveness, there is not a hard edge to be found in the 1997, only velvety tannins, compelling depth and fruit intensity, and stunning purity. It is a perfect expression of Napa viticulture and wine that should continue to age effortlessly for two decades or more. (2013)
96 Points & #5 Top 100 Wines of 2000 - Wine Spectator
Blend and Grape Sources
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and 60% estate & 40% grower vineyards: 38% Las Rocas Vineyard (Stags Leap), 20% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford), 2% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena) and 40% Coombsville, St. Helena and Carneros growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 8 - October 8, 1997
Aging/Cooperage 26 months in new French oak barrels