2003 Insignia

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

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.

Reviews 94 - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Full-bodied, opulent, and rich with outstanding depth, purity, and harmony, sweet tannin, and a long finish… (2006)