Markham The Altruist Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 105343
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • WE93
  • WS90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Winemaker's Notes

Floral violet and rich caramel toast aromas give this heady wine a decidedly feminine air, additionally showing the beauty of the terroir where it is grown with layers of cassis, anise and blackberry jam flavors. The lush tannins are the result of the extended maceration, allowing the gritty texture to soften gracefully over a period of several weeks following primary fermentation. Texturally balanced, there is brightness to the juicy fruit that is well-integrated with vanilla, caramel and toast oak highlights.

The 2006 vintage of this Calistoga Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is dedicated to the 2008 Markham "Mark of Distinction" grant recipient for their passion and commitment to revitalizing the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, Kansas. The Bartlett Arboretum, a 15-acre habitat for trees, was in need of revitalization due to flood damage. The Markham grant empowered steward, Robin Macy, to develop a detailed flood alleviation plan for the Euphrates Creek, with hopes of lessening flood damage for local homeowners and fortifying the near century-old Bartlett Arboretum for the future.

Critical Acclaim

"Has all the hallmarks of a young, ageable Cabernet, and should develop well due to the inherent balance and class. Right now, oak sticks out. But underneath are ripe blackberry, black currant and chocolate flavors, wrapped into a very fine, classic structure. Better after 2012."
93 Points

"Complex currant, plum and black cherry aromas join cedar and spice notes in this supple, full-bodied, elegant wine. Balanced and focused, ending on a delicate note. Drink now through 2017. 507 cases made."
90 Points

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This is a pretty special wine. Not only is Markham Vineyards’ first of two single-vineyard, limited production – only 300 cases of it and its sister wine, The Philanthropist, produced – estate grown cabernet sauvignon wines. It’s also part of Markham’s “Mark of Distinction” program. The winery is giving $25,000 grants to the Bartlett Arboretum, a tree habitat, in Bell Plaine, Kansas with proceeds from the ’06 vintage of The Altruist and. Drinking for a good cause makes me feel all warm and cuddly inside. Here’s another thing special about it. Look: A shimmering glass of purple pirate booty, translucent and bright ruby edge Smell: Markham made a fruit pie in the woods; dusty, lush, floral, black cherry, cedar and pepper scents burst from the glass. Taste: The Altruist Full is a giver, full of currant, plum, black cherry, jammy blackberries and chocolate with a long finish punctuated by mild oaky tannins. My full review is here:
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In 1972, Bruce Markham arrived in Napa Valley with the dream of starting a winery. Intent on crafting world-class wines for years to come, he purchased the little jewels that are still the Markham vineyards today. He was a pioneer in what is now the very heart of Napa, buying premium vineyard land before many understood the tremendous potential the valley offered for producing fine...

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