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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Enthusiast, 91 Wine Spectator, 91 Connoisseurs' Guide, 90 The Wine Advocate
Region: Sonoma County, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 15%
Item no. 102193
A Bordeaux blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon: 76%, 12% Merlot, 7.5% Malbec, 3% Carmenere and 1.5% Petit Verdot.
Like the previous year, 2006 was a long, cool growing season with a late harvest in our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. As in 2005 these shallow soiled hillside vineyards were still quite able to produce a small crop of very ripe grapes. The harvest began in the final week of October, but with warmer conditions proceeded at a brisk pace, finishing at the end of the first week of November; a week earlier than in 2005. The wine is a bit more lush, ripe, and fruit forward than its predecessor as a result, and yet still has substantial structure.
f you like some green herbaceousness in your Cabs, which some say makes them more Bordeaux-like, this is for you. It’s very dry and somewhat tannic and extremely elegant, with oak-inspired blackberry, cherry, currant and spice flavors. A lovely, upscale restaurant wine.
Ripe, full-bodied and richly flavored, with tiers of black cherry, plum, anise and blueberry unfolding gracefully. This holds its focus and ends in a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2016.
True to the style of wine coming from its hilly location between the Russian River Valley and Knights Valley (think also of Verité and Lancaster), this somewhat high-powered effort is endowed with plenty of ripe black cherry fruit, with cassis-like depth, more than a little oaky richness and flashes of dusty earth. It is full and supple in palate impacts and has enough balancing acidity to keep from tipping into heaviness. Its tannins would call for eight to ten years of aging, but we would be content to try it before then with savory roasts and chops.
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals slightly sweeter black fruits, more body and length, and a richer, fuller style. Finesse allied with substance as well as authoritative varietal flavor suggest it should keep for 15+ years.