Winemaker Notes With dark, saturated purple color and aromas of spice, oak and cassis, the 1998 Insignia is full-bodied and well-balanced, with sweet tannins framing a layered finish. It is a generous, compelling wine which will almost certainly take its place among the best reds of the vintage.
Vintage Notes A vintage characterized by problematic weather and low crop yields, in 1998 careful selection of the lots with highest aroma and flavor profiles were combined to produce a wine of remarkable quality.
93 Points - Wine Spectator
A dark, deliciously rich and complex youngster, brimming with layers of curant, blackberry, plum, mineral, spice, chocolate and cedar. (2001)
92 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 1998 displays a dark garnet color as well as notes of leafy tobacco, underbrush, black cherries and black currants. (2013)
Blend and Grape Sources 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot from 80% estate & 20% grower vineyards: 35% Las Rocas Vineyard and 5% Barboza Vineyard (Stags Leap), 24% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford), 16% Yountville Vineyard (Oak Knoll) and 20% Coombsville, St. Helena and Carneros growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 30 - October 20, 1998
Aging/Cooperage 20 months in new French oak barrels