Wine Spectator's #1 Wine of 2005!
The 2002 Insignia is full of black cherry jam and allspice aromas, with luscious notes of boysenberry, ripe plums, toasted oak and tobacco. The exceptionally elegant mouthfeel coats the palate with layer after layer of tannin, followed by a lengthy, textured finish containing sweet oak notes and a hint of blackberry.
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec primarily from estate-owned vineyards in Stag's Leap and Rutherford, with additional fruit coming from independent growers.
"...This beauty is more extroverted than the 2001...
"A triumph... Just gorgeous right out of the bottle, but should develop effortlessly through the decade and beyond."
"A rich, polished, seductive style... powerful, yet elegant and deftly balanced, finishing with a long, succulent aftertaste..."