This intricately structured, full-bodied wine offers luscious aromas of raspberries and ripe blackberries complemented by a sweet, elegant ribbon of mocha. On the generous palate, layers of black currant, blood orange, and subtle tobacco give way to a fleshy, sweet tannin finish. This wine is beautifully balanced, offering a rich intensity that will further develop with time in the cellar.
"The brilliant 2006 Contrarian (38% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals plum, licorice, and black currant fruit intertwined with a mocha, coffee, berry character that recalls a fine Right Bank wine from Bordeaux. Medium to full-bodied, sexy, and heady with succulent fruit, but none of the astringent tannins sometimes evident in 2006s, this beauty should drink well for 15 years. "
The Wine Advocate