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2006

Cabernet Sauvignon

Stagecoach Vineyard
Napa Valley

Sourced from high atop the Eastern slopes of Napa Valley, this is a muscular, cabernet sauvignon with a dense, black garnet hue and big aromas of dark cherry, tobacco and mocha. Intensity and depth of flavor characterize a palate that seamlessly weaves assertive, concentrated flavors of cassis and black plum with clean earth that carries through the mid-palate and is joined by balanced acidity on the finish. Tannins are bold, ripe, chewy and well integrated. Alcohol 14.9%

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94 points International Wine Cellar

“Dark purple. Dark berry and mineral scents are complicated by iron, tobacco and dried rose. Livelier red fruits join the dark berries on the palate, which is velvety in texture and seems tannin-free (which it isn't). Luscious red and dark berry compote qualities dominate the long, supple finish. You could easily drink this seductive wine right now, but I wouldn't. ”
Stephen Tanzer

90+ points Wine Advocate

“The tannins are noticeable in the extracted, concentrated, broodingly backward inky/purple-colored Cabernet Sauvignon.  This austere, tannic wine has not yet resolved all its issues with tannin, but it is so concentrated taht I think everything is there, it will just require patience.  Give it 4-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 25 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date October 26

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. The crop set was smaller than that of 2005. A mid-July heat spike accelerated ripening through summer, helping compensate for the slow start to the growing season. Cooler October weather offered extended hang time and allowed for a well-paced harvest of outstanding quality, with fruit boasting excellent density, aromatics and acidity.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 33 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 95% new
Varietal Composition: 98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.5% Cabernet Franc
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; Bottled June 2008

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