Ideal weather and low yields produced highly extracted and wellstructured
Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006. The crop yields and vine growth
were kept in good balance and the ripening season provided ample flavor
and tannin development. The cool weather during harvest allowed us to
make more precise harvest timing decisions as the vines ripened the fruit
at a slow and deliberate pace. The resulting wines have good
concentration and tannin integrity, and a sense of balanced ripeness.
This opulent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with generous aromas of blueberry, blackberry and cassis that lead to layers of black licorice and mocha. The wine has the signature style of Etude with depth and richness of fruit and a velvety texture. There's a wonderful saturation and expansiveness on the palate with flavors of black cherry,black tea, clove and vanilla bean notes from aging in French oak. The tannins are youthful and plush, which will allow this wine to age gracefully.