December 19, 2020 - Dark color fruity nose at or past peak. Almost no tannin to match the blackberry liqueur and fruit
June 5, 2020 - Spring Fishing (The Ranch, WI): Very dark red color with a clear 4mm meniscus. PNP, drank a glass plus over 2 hours. Nice leather notes up front on the nose, cassis, blackberry liqueur, and graphite. The palate reflects the age and vintage showing a more port like character at this point. Blackberry liqueur, full bodied, fading black fruits, leather, oak and some heat bleeding through on the mid and back end. This still holds up, but no doubt was better a few years ago This still has some dry tannins and comes off more rustic as the fruit has tapered off and fights the alcohol now. 14.8 ABV on label. 89+ to 90pts.
May 9, 2020 - What's with all the fruit? Beautifully smooth
May 24, 2019 - Still a huge, young wine. More settled and integrated than the last bottle, but a touch too cherry for our palate. Not youthful, nor anywhere close to peak or mature. This is an archetypical Cali Cab fruit bomb. There is plenty of ripe fruit, but insufficient acid or backbone to make this a great wine.
December 9, 2017 - Largely consistent with previous bottle. Definitely needs 30-45 minutes to open up. Still fairly youthful and big
July 19, 2017 - Took an hour to integrate in the decanter, then classic Napa Cab. Great if you like aged old-school cabs with a lot of oak.
October 9, 2016 - Decanted and let open for 30 minutes. Blood red. Nose of chocolate, cedar, forest floor and some wild mushrooms. Major notes were chocolate, leather, currants and tobacco. Some acid, but primarily a rich, velvety mouthfeel. All felt that this was a remarkably youthful wine for its age. Plenty of time to drink
June 17, 2016 - PNP - Loved this right from the start. Beautiful Cali Cab that continues to impress. Probably a bit less oak and tannin than other vintages I've had. In a really good place now. Dark red fruit, crushed rock, round, silky tannins, with just a bit of grip on the finnish. Enough acidity to keep it from feeling heavy or over extracted. Don't think it will be getting better, but certainly has time left.
November 28, 2015 - Long, good fruit, still a lot of young characters. After a while in the glass dark cocoa, licqourice and balanced berries come forth. Thoroughly enjoyable drinking, nowhere near going downhill.
July 26, 2015 - My first Coach Insignia and very nice wine. Rich but not heavy. Ready to drink up as probably at its peak. Needs some decanting. Long finish. Went real well with steak dinner.