Wallis Family Estate Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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.
"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. "
The Wine News
"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. "
Big & Bold
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!!
Earthy & Spicy
Nice oak flavor. High on acid. let this wine air. it mellows out well. very good wine.
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Learn About Wallis Family Estate
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...
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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...
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(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...
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