A growing season without extremes, 2006 provided the opportunity for a classic vintage. Moderate spring weather resulted in uniformity of berries within the cluster. Harvest occurred September 19—October 24, ensuring all fruit was picked at optimal maturity. The vineyard blocks were harvested and fermented separately, spending 12-21 days in tank depending on the particular character of the site. After 12 months in French and American oak barrels, of which 33% were new, the wine was then aged an additional two years in bottle. The blend consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19.5% Merlot, 4.5% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec.
Concentrated aromas of blackberry, blueberry and cassis. The mouthfeel is luscious and full with continued black fruits and a hint of vanilla, coconut and cedar. The soft, round tannins and understated acidity complement the bright fruit characters to create a balanced wine approachable now or worthy of cellaring for at least 10-15 years.
Our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon reflects not only the qualities of an exceptional vintage, but also an elevated essence of Cabernet fruit due to strategic vineyard sourcing and extended bottle aging. After almost 35 years as winemaker here, I’m thrilled to present a wine that is a statement of not just where we’ve come from but also where we are going.
— Rob Davis, winemaker
Tasting Date: July 2011
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: United States, California, Alexander Valley
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $59.99
- Opus One 2005 (wineloversofwestlake.wordpress.com)