Stonestreet Legacy Meritage Red 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends
from Sonoma County, California
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
This 2006 Legacy is the sixteenth release of our Bordeaux-style varietal blend.
With this vintage, we selected lots of wine from our estate vineyards in the hills
and eastern mountains enclosing the southern end of the Alexander Valley.
Elevation is the key to this wine's combination of boldness and elegance.
The 2006 vintage of Legacy is led by Cabernet Sauvignon which makes up 86%
of the blend and is from both hillside and mountain vineyards in the Alexander
Valley. The mountain vineyards reach up to 2,400 feet in elevation and are
planted on our Alexander Mountain Estate. Higher altitude creates its own
climate which is different from the vineyards planted on the valley floor. Even
on the warmest summer days, the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean twenty
miles away can be felt. Soils, too, are significantly different. On the mountain,
the soil is thin, rocky and gravelly. This helps produce fruit that is complex, rich
The blend is further enhanced by the contributions of Merlot, Petit Verdot
and Malbec fruit sourced from our Legacy vineyards in the Alexander Valley.
We complement the powerful fruit by using only small, thin-staved French oak
barrels to age this wine. The resulting wine is supple and leads with notes of
graphite and black currant. Look also for hints of smoky toastiness and
concentrated black cherries.
86% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Merlot; 2% Petit Verdot; 2% Malbec
alcohol by volume:
"Hard to exaggerate the beauty of this mountain-grown wine, which is based on Cabernet Sauvignon but contains the other four classic Bordeaux varieties. Although it's very tannic, those tannins are remarkably soft. Nearly all-new oak provides a framework of smoky caramel, delicious enough, but just an accompaiment to the blackberries, black currants, cherries and dark chocolate. A fantastic wine for drinking now, and should last for many years in the cellar."
"Sharing the same winemaker, Graham Werts, as the Stonestreet winery, the 2006 Legacy is a 1,400-case blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. This gorgeous 2006 boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as aromas and flavors of spicy oak, creosote, burning embers, and copious quantities of black currant and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied with a subtle smoky component, multilayers, a round, generous texture, and sweet tannin in its silky finish, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20+ years.
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, bitter chocolate, licorice and a hint of menthol on the nose. Supple and sweet, with a slightly medicinal cast to its rather velvety redcurrant and menthol flavors. A bit youthfully tight on the back end, with firm tannins and juicy acids currently limiting the wine's length. Needs some patience."
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