2004 Insignia

Blend and Grape Sources 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec from 100% estate-grown vineyards: 27% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena), 24% Las Rocas Vineyard and 8% Barboza Vineyard (Stags Leap), 22% Yountville Vineyard (Oak Knoll) and 19% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford).

Appellation Napa Valley

Harvest Dates September 8 - October 1, 2004

Aging/Cooperage 24 months in new French oak barrels from Taransaud, Dargaud Jaegle, Nadalie, Demptos and Vicard.

Winemaker Notes The 2004 vintage marks the first time Insignia has been blended entirely from estate-grown fruit - the fulfillment of a dream that has taken many years to realize. The low-yield vintage produced a wine with syrupy blackberry and blueberry aromas married with seductive spice, followed by velvety tannins, roundness in the finish and outstanding texture, all of which are superbly integrated.

Vintage Notes High quality and reduced yields characterized the 2004 vintage, which started out quite warm in early spring, then settled into a balmy weather pattern through July and most of August where mornings were cool and afternoon temperatures stayed in the low to mid-90's. However, on August 27th a three-week heat spell began with many days measuring over 100 degrees. As a result, some of the ripening fruit became dehydrated and had to be removed from the vines prior to harvesting. Depending on location, crop yields were reduced ten to forty percent. In barrel, reds appeared rich and forward in structure, characteristics that have continued to evolve and develop with bottle age.

Reviews 98 - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Lots of cedarwood, forest floor, spring flower, blackcurrant and blackberry characteristics intermixed with hints of charcoal and background oak emerge from this full-bodied, glycerin-filled, opulent effort. (2013)