Winemaker Notes The 1986 bottling is a deep, concentrated wine with suggestions of currants and licorice, but the most striking feature is its softness.
94 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
This surprisingly rich, dark garnet-colored Insignia displays notes of cedarwood, tobacco leaf, black currants, graphite and damp earth. Medium to full-bodied with remarkable density, richness and vigor for its age, one would think that with this much Merlot in the blend it would be near the end of its life, but that's not the case. It appears to have reached its plateau of full maturity, but it should drink well for another decade or more. (2013)
93 Points - Wine Spectator
A smoky, toasty, exotic wine that's rich and smooth, showing lots of currant, plum and mineral flavors right through the long finish. (1990)
Blend and Grape Sources
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from 32% estate & 68% grower vineyards: 22% Las Rocas Vineyard (Stags Leap), 10% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena) and 68% Oakville, Calistoga, Napa Valley growers, including 13% Eisele Vineyard.
Appellation Napa Valley
Aging/Cooperage 15 months in French oak barrels