Gorgeous, refined and supple, this is our flagship wine from a vintage defined by elegance and
grace – picture a dancer. The 2006 growing season started with a mild spring but finished with an
usually dry, hot summer. This led to earlier-than-usual flavor maturity, and while we had hoped for
the corresponding lower-than-normal sugar levels as well, the result was actually the development
of bright higher tone characters and a beautiful clear fruit profile. A good splash of Merlot adds
roundness and silkiness, and the bright fruit lends itself to a smooth, polished mid-palate. These
elements make for a pretty, lush wine that is approachable and delicious upon release. The age of the vines, seventy-five percent of which are twenty years or older, contributes to its aging potential.
Classic Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics combine with mulberry, creamy boysenberry, and vanilla
in a wine that isn't as dark and tannic as 2005, but has every bit as much personality. We are very
happy with this Cabernet Sauvignon, and while it is drinking really well even in its youth, we look
forward to enjoying it for years to come.
The music on this one was simple. To me, the wine has many different layers and nuances that need
a classic album, filled with subtlety and detail, like Pink Floyd's The Wall. Their signature flying pigs at
their concerts make me think of the "pig plate" at Higgins Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. For lighter
fare, I would pair this wine with a ginger-beef salad or a grilled pork chop with a root-vegetable
gratin. Never underestimate the power of the root vegetable, which pigs love too!
"Delicious and immediately appealing with fresh strawberry and Bing cherry fruit, leading into sweet toasty oak and the precisely detailed tannins that characterize John Abbott’s winemaking. The old vine fruit brings subtle grace notes as the wine moves through the palate—a dash of pepper, a whiff of herb, a brambly old vine finish with a hint of black tea."
"Medium red. Enticing aromas of currant, cherry, mocha, lavender and sweet oak. Lush, suave and seamless, with mineral and spice notes giving definition to the middle palate and leavening the impression of volume. Finishes uncompromisingly dry, subtle and long, with captivating perfume and perfectly integrated tannins."
International Wine Cellar
"Ripe, supple and expressive, offering a mouthful of tobacco-accented cherry, currant and floral aromas and flavors that sail effortlessly over modest tannins into the long, balanced finish. Drink now through 2014."