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2006

Cabernet Sauvignon

Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

The 2006 vintage exemplifies the balance of muscularity, complexity and elegance that characterizes this unique, cool-climate cabernet sauvignon. Possessing an inky black hue, it exhibits regal structure and weight along with never-ending layers of flavor and texture. The nose is perfumed with generous aromas of black fruits, charcoal and lavender that follow through on a mouth-coating palate, and are intensified and supported by firm, sweet, fine-grained tannins on a lasting finish. Alcohol 15.3%

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94 points Wine Advocate

“One of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons to come out of the Carneros area.  Aromas of flowers, charcoal, blackberries, cassis, and pain grille characterize this full-bodied wine.  With sweet tannin, a broad, expansive mouthfeel, and a long finish, this superb effort is about as good as Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon can be.  It should drink well for 15-20 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

93 points International Wine Cellar

“Bright ruby. Intensely perfumed nose offers black raspberry, cherry-cola and a strong spiciness. Brighter red berries in the mouth, with an exotic note of candied rose adding interest. A zesty mineral quality lends urgency to the long, strikingly sappy finish. This wine's clarity is excellent. ”
Stephen Tanzer

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Harvest Date November 1

Growing Season 2006 was slightly cooler overall than 2005 and began with delayed bud break due to an unusually long, wet spring. Warmer, drier weather prevailed in May and June, and set a smaller crop than 2005. Temperatures through summer were steady and warm. Fruit was allowed to hang through October and into November, in order to achieve full ripeness and expression from this unique cool-climate cabernet site. Harvest was well-paced and of outstanding quality, with fruit boasting excellent concentration, aromatics and acidity.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in a single 5-ton closed-top stainless steel fermentor with indigenous yeasts
• 6-day cold soak, 35 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 19 months in French oak barrels; 79% new
• Varietal composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; Bottled June 2008

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