Wallis Family Estate Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The 2006 Wallis Family Estate Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon "is a rare find indeed." Made from a blend of the traditional Bordeaux varietals, it has bold aromatic characters of black currants, mouth filling plums, espresso and toast topped off with vanilla bean ice cream notes. This wine has an opulent full bodied character that lingers long after the wine is swallowed. A wine to enjoy immediately or to hold for the next 7 to 14 years.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Garnet hue with a fuchsia rim. Lovely blueberry and ripe plum aromas with a tiramisù-like richness. Silky texture with blackberry and kirsch-like flavors, an edge of mintiness and fine sandpaper tannins. Crisp, dry close with both a prevailing fruitiness and dusty mineral notes. "
Wine Enthusiast - "A superior Cabernet that shows, first and foremost, Diamond Mountain's famous tannins. They make the mouthfeel a little hard, but the wine is so rich in blackberries and plums, you hardly notice. Beautiful now, with decanting, and should develop for six years. "
Wallis Family Estate Winery
The project started in 1975 with the purchase of 85 acres on Diamond Mountain, which is southwest of Calistoga, in The Napa Valley. With the land came an original stone house, which was built in 1906, and also lovely old barn built in the late 1800's. The Barn was designed by W.H. Corlett. In 1997 we planted about 13 acres of vineyards. The vineyard is planted in eight distinct blocks on a spacing of 4X7. We are in the heart of The Diamond Mountain District at an elevation 600 to 800 feet.
The varietal selections are Cabernet (five clones), Cab Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Our plan is to harvest this fruit each year and keep the best for The Wallis Family Estate Cabernet. Each year the percentages will slightly change but it will always be over 75 percent Cabernet. The vineyard is immaculately farmed, and the fruit quality, and finished wine, is superior because of this attention to detail. View all Wallis Family Estate Wines
About Napa Valley
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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4 ratings, 2 with reviewsRed w/Attitude - Miami, FL512/17/2010
Beautiful plum color; Deep intense nose with aromas of blackberry, black plum, sweet cherry and smoky raspberry. Also aromas of chocolate, earthy sweetwoods, and dry musky minerals. Mouthfeel is soft at first, and slightly dry, but slowly this wine takes shape in the mouth; Medium body is revealed with well-structured tannins and balanced acidity; Taste is bold and delicious, nicely balanced with beautifully integrated flavors of cassis, ripe black cherry, soft plum, ripe blackberry and dark mocha and toasted oak; Robust, ultra long finish with lingering ripe black fruit and a hint of smoky cherry. The wine coats the mouth.... time for another delicious sip!!Paul Levine - Mamaroneck, NY43/20/2011Glenn Harkabus - Palos Heights, IL51/10/2011410/22/2010
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Nice oak flavor. High on acid. let this wine air. it mellows out well. very good wine.Related ProductsA blend of Von Strasser's five single vineyards, this garnet colored wine is a softer style highlighted by its fruit ...
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
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