WNH virtual Insignia Tasting. Vintages featured were ‘95, ‘96, ‘00, ‘01, ‘02, ‘09, ‘13 and ‘14.
This was the Wine Spectator wine of the year and received a 100 point score from Wine Advocate (for those interested in accolades and scores).
Knowing the pedigree here, I knew to expect some fireworks and tried to prepare accordingly. I gave this 24hrs upright after pulling from the cellar, and then decanted about 90mins, before consuming from the decanter over the course of the evening. The cork came out perfectly via the Durand and had absolutely zero seepage up the cork. My glass of choice was the new Glasvin Expression. Really like their glasses.
My first sip after opening had me looking at my wife saying “this is 18yrs old and is insanely youthful”. When hearing from my friends about their mid/late ‘90s, and for the ‘01, those offerings had basically zero merlot. The ‘00 had a similar amount to this (14%), and I think that component really elevated this to a more “elegant” style. The oak here comes across as a mix of French and American (though it’s all French)...the oak has such a distinct sweet note to it that I associate with American oak on Cali wines, yet isn’t full on coconut. Aromatically, it’s a beautiful display of cherry tobacco, black cherry cordial, violets, and elevated heady notes of black cherry pie. On the palate, there is creme de cassis, espresso, cocoa powder and mellowed red fruit before a finish that has surprisingly grippy tannin. This drinks like a bigger style left bank Bordeaux with how wonderfully integrated it is. Zero chance I’d call this 18yr old Napa cab if tasting blind. This easily has 5+yrs in this drinking window, and another 5-10 in the next evolution journey before really starting to slide. If opening now, decant 1-2hrs. One of the best expressions of aged Napa cab I’ve had this year. — 2 days ago
Tar, cedar, black currant and maybe a little bit of red currant too. It's a very nice, noble nose. The palate is well designed. A strong acid drive, a good width with a nice matter on the side, a bit of a grain which expands in the rear to create a nice wall of tannins which are now well integrated. The finish shows a nice blossoming fruit, these fine tannins too, creating some asperities, a nice, noble bitter note appears at the very end. It's a bit under the 2 previous vintages I tasted but it's a very good wine for the vintage. — 6 days ago
A blend of 61% Cab Sauv, 22% Merlot, 12% Malbec, rest Petit Verdot & Cab Franc, sits on French oak for 19 months, (46% new). Deep Ruby with aromas of ripe berry fruits, herbs and licorice. On the palate black cherry, raspberry and blackberry flavors with espresso, mocha and earthy notes. Well balanced, lively acidity, fine ripe tannins long finish ending with fruit, cedar and toasty pepper spice! Nice! — 5 days ago
2018 was a great find. Evocation of Madiran and Cahors wines, with Tannat and Malbec grapes. Very ripe black fruits, spices and toasted notes. Deep mouth and freshness well balanced. 17 is more flexible, is a bit more homogeneous and round. Definitely a very good quality / price / pleasure ratio.
2018 était une belle trouvaille évoquant les vins épais de Madiran et Cahors, avec la présence de Tannat et Malbec. Toujours fruits noirs très mûrs, notes épicées, toastées, toujours un bel équilibre. Avec un an de plus, l’ensemble est plus souple, plus homogène. Définitivement un très bon rapport qualité/prix/plaisirs. — 6 days ago
2013 vintage. Much more meshing on day 2. Very structure-driven with gritty tannins. Black currant, graphite, lingonberry, black plum, black cherry, violets, non-descript woody notes. Good example of the variety from a warmer climate. — 4 days ago
This is a very enjoyable Petit Verdot from Israel.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, licorice, vinaigrette, cloves, bitter herbs, spices, earth, wood, wet leaves, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and herbs.
Good right out of the bottle, but has a great nose after 3 hours of airtime.
Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. This Single Vineyard has a nice grip on the mouthfeel, which is very enjoyable.
Still drinking nicely, but showing the beginning of the end, so drink up.
100% Petit Verdot grapes from the Judean Hills. Kosher and not Mevushal.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$75. — a month ago