Difficult wine, specially the first day, a whiff of VA, that disappeared quickly, cocoa, and sweetness in the bouquet, a 'cool' taste, but ending in the aftertaste with too much sweetness. The second day there was much more balance, with the sweetness far more integrated; the wine was more mellowed, but still a tad too sweet for my taste; other tasters were more enthusiastic. First time I've tasted this wine thanks to my friend Loek.
I forgot about this bottle in the cellar. One of the better bottles of Insignia that I've had. The last couple vintages I drank too young and they came across really rich and sweet which just isn't my style. I enjoyed this older vintage which was quite a bit softer (not much depth/tannins) but really smooth and easy drinking plus not as sweet/rich. I can't see this vintage getting better with more time in light of how everything is integrated.
Has all of the components of a great wine, but in the end it just doesn't taste good enough for a big score. In fact, nose and initial flavor are great, but somehow the finish is off. It's not a skunky, flawed or over the hill flavor, just not what we want.
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