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.
98 Points - 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)
95 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Deep, ripe, expressive nose offers plum, graphite, mocha and violet aromas, plus hints of dried fruits and nutmeg. Wonderfully plush, superconcentrated wine; fleshy and sweet, conveying a small-berry character and outstanding early appeal. Its lavish ripeness is supported by firm acidity, underlying minerality and big, late-arriving tannins. As sexy as this wine is today, it's not yet near its peak. Beginning with this vintage, the Insignia has been made with 100% estate fruit. -Tanzer, 2016
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.