Muscular in youth, this Cabernet demands at
least a decade in bottle age for its generous nature to present itself. Dark chocolate, mocha and berry jam aromas remain tightly wrapped around the jammy berry, cola and spicy anise flavors found in the palate. The entry is ripe and juicy, but the chalky tannins hang on firmly at the end. Oak toast is layered successfully with vanilla, root beer and caramel highlights throughout this sophisticated wine.
The 2006 vintage of the Yountville Estate Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon is dedicated to the 2008 Markham "Mark of Distinction" grant recipient for their passion and commitment to feeding the hungry and helping to leadthe Table to Table food rescue program in Northeast New Jersey. Table to Table delivers perishable foods left over at grocery stores and retailers to the hungry for immediate consumption. Chuck Russo, dedicated Board member, used the funding to fuel the refrigerated trucks that distribute food that would otherwise be wasted. Markham helped the organization reach its goal of delivering over six million meals at less than eight cents each.
"Tastes and feels like all the parts are very good. The tannins are polished, the fruit is ripe and complex, the oak is elaborate, and there’s a nice bite of acidity in the background. The blackberry, black currant, carob and cedar flavors are enticing and dry. But this wine is too young. It has a youthful rudeness that demands 5–7 years in the cellar. The score reflects potential."