USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Livermore Valley
Golden color. Sweet honeyed tropical fruit and flowers on the nose and the palate. Wonderful lingering finish which stays with you forever. Great balancing act between the sweetness and the acidity. Excellent!
Medium red with a slightly orange rim. Big nose... unfortunately it wasn't very pleasant. A little green, with what appeared to be some "vinegary" aromas (volatile acidity?). Rather mild taste, which was a lot better than the nose. Over time, this wine deteriorated rapidly. This swift downward spiral was NOT a pretty sight to behold. Brave (masochistic?) souls kept going back to check if the depraved aromas would "blow-off". No such luck. A sulphuric component started to creep into this evil mix. A sinister wine. Move along folks... there's nothing to see here...
Sweet fruit nose with a bit of herbs and earthiness to add complexity. Nice long, fruity finish. My only complaint was the low acidity. Seems to be peaking. With breathing, the wine improved. Very good.
Wow! Deep purple. Wonderful nose of cassis, herbs, spice and vanilla. Very concentrated, very youthful. Great mouth-feel. Wonderful balance of fruit, tannins, acid, and alcohol. A beautiful wine that drinks great now but will surely get better with age. I wish I had some in my cellar. With some breathing, the nose did seem to close up a bit. Excellent.
Cassis, bell pepper, herbs, toasted oak. A pronoucned herbal streak that was not as evident in other Insignia vintages of the 90's I tasted. Still, a nice wine that is just in infant in terms of development. Will the herbal streak go away with time in the bottle? Pleasant spicy finish. Very good.
A truly mind-blowing wine, totally out-classing other Insignia's tasted at this vertical. This is my second tasting of this wine, and it seems to be getting better. A perfect balance of deep, piercing fruit with a solid backbone of tannins to ensure a long life. Wonderful secondary aromas of cedar and herbs (just enough to make it interesting, not herbaceous). Did I mention the explosive nose of crystallized cassis and spice? I could smell this wine all night. It got even better with an hour of breathing. Killer finish. Gosh I'm glad I have this wine in my cellar. So young, but oh so good! Profound.
Healthy dark color. Expressive aromas of black fruit, earth and spice. Rich and thick, but a bit low in acid and a bit high on oak, although the fruit does manage to barely handle the oak. A short term drinker.