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Wallis Family Estate Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Winemaker Notes

The 2006 Wallis Family Estate Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon "is a rare find indeed." Made from a blend of the traditional Bordeaux varietals, it has bold aromatic characters of black currants, mouth filling plums, espresso and toast topped off with vanilla bean ice cream notes. This wine has an opulent full bodied character that lingers long after the wine is swallowed. A wine to enjoy immediately or to hold for the next 7 to 14 years.

Critical Acclaim

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com

Garnet hue with a fuchsia rim. Lovely blueberry and ripe plum aromas with a tiramisù-like richness. Silky texture with blackberry and kirsch-like flavors, an edge of mintiness and fine sandpaper tannins. Crisp, dry close with both a prevailing fruitiness and dusty mineral notes.

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A superior Cabernet that shows, first and foremost, Diamond Mountain's famous tannins. They make the mouthfeel a little hard, but the wine is so rich in blackberries and plums, you hardly notice. Beautiful now, with decanting, and should develop for six years.

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Wallis Family Estate

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Wallis Family Estate, , California
Wallis Family  Estate
The project started in 1975 with the purchase of 85 acres on Diamond Mountain, which is southwest of Calistoga, in The Napa Valley. With the land came an original stone house, which was built in 1906, and also lovely old barn built in the late 1800's. The Barn was designed by W.H. Corlett. In 1997 we planted about 13 acres of vineyards. The vineyard is planted in eight distinct blocks on a spacing of 4X7.... View More

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Dark, full-bodied, and herbaceous with a spicy kick...

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Dark, full-bodied, and herbaceous with a spicy kick, Carménère has found great success in Chile, far from its birthplace of Bordeaux. Although Carménère once accompanied Malbec and Petit Verdot as a minor blending grape in Bordeaux, it is now virtually extinct there, though it has been thriving since the mid-nineteenth century in Chile. Originally mistaken for Merlot, it is now successful of its own accord and plantings continue to increase. It is bottled both on its own and as part of Bordeaux-inspired blends.

In the Glass

If not fully ripe, Carménère is often marked by a green, herbaceous character (think green bell pepper and green peppercorn), and expresses flavors of red berry and black pepper when just ripe. With additional hangtime at the end of harvest, it is reminiscent more of blackberry, blueberry, and dark plum, with rich and savory notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and soy sauce.

Perfect Pairings

Carménère can easily overpower lighter fare, but makes a great match for a hearty steak or barbecued red meat. It can also work well with white meat when prepared with a richer sauce such as mole.

Sommelier Secret

Perhaps Carménère’s herbal character can be explained in part by familial relations—due to the strange nature of grapevine breeding, Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.