This is some wine! 94% Eisele cabernet, 6% merlot. Very aromatic nose of sweet currants and mocha. Big, tannic wine, has has an elegance to it as well. Ripe cabernet fruit dominates the palate, with some leather and earthy notes. Tannic and a slight musty taste on the back end, but the mouth watering finish goes on and on. Amazing wine, at 37 years old, that will last many more years.
Even better than the last bottle, color is youthful as ever and surely this can last 10 more years. Only one glass this time and took 3 hours to enjoy it. When tasted blind, one friend thought it was a 10 year Bordeaux!
D.C. Dinner for Greg Golec (Toscana Cafe - DC): Mature nose of leaves, cedar, pipe tobacco and leather. The fruit was mostly hidden behind these tertiary tones, but was more evident on the palate. i thought this was particularly elegant with cranberry, violets, forest floor, and cedar tones on the palate. An iconic American producer nails this bicentennial cuvee.
A friend opened this thing amongst the others and it was a treat. The wine not only was alive but kicking and we had to decant it to open it up. It stuck around for the entire 4 hour dinner, improving along the way. Super nose, obviously older wine but did not feel that old. Color was still garnet, some fruit remains but the second and tertiary notes were good, medium body and finish but a wonderful look into the 70's
Given the age this wine was remarkably lively. Decanted for two hours it still had hints of rasberry and current fruits. We compared with '94, 95, 96 Insignia's with the 96 being the big winner. But all were great!