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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 106974
This singular wine is a rich and elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Highlighted by complex aromas of wild berry, cinnamon, cloves and pepper, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon displays typical Rutherford structure with boysenberry syrup, blueberry and plum accents. Balanced, with lively acidity, and suedy tannins, this wine emphasizes cool fermentation, early pressing and lees stirring adding to depth on the palate. Aged for 22 months in Tronçais and Allier tight grain new French oak, this wine will cellar beautifully up to 15 years.
Cellar Selection. A worthy followup to the 2005 bottling, the '06 shows similarly explosive flavors of blackberries, cherries, blueberries and violets, with plenty of new oak. It's bone dry and tightly wound in tannins now, and needs time, but should make for a fine bottle. Best 2011–2014.