has rich, ripe cherry, cassis and blackberry
fruit aromas.


Soft tannins and sweet oak combine with a gentle hint of pepper and
spice to yield a full-bodied wine with excellent balance and a long lingering finish. The
different Cabernet clones give the wine a multi-layered dimension to the palate. The
long growing season at the Truchard Vineyard in the cool Carneros district yields grapes
with deep color and great natural acidity. The Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard on the
Conn Creek alluvial fan adjacent to Caymus in Rutherford delivers classic mid-valley
fruit and supple tannins and “Rutherford Dust” earth flavors. The Petit Verdot adds
depth to the color and a tannic richness, while the Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet franc
bring softness, acidity and fruit respectively.

Growing Conditions

The 2006 growing season began with heavy rains and floods around the Napa Valley. Rainfall continued well into
spring with later than usual bloom and set in June. A record heat wave in mid-July failed to damage vines as they
were slightly behind in the cycle. Normal, mild weather returned in August and continued, allowing for paced
ripening. Cold weather with rain in October slowed sugar accumulation while allowing extended hang time, which
enhances maturity and optimal development of flavors. Overall, the season was an outstanding year and has
produced wines with beautiful structure, great color, and high natural acidity.


20 months in 70% French 30% American Oak, 43% new


deep ruby in color