The 2006 offers a very pretty, forward and spicy nose of cinammon, clove, plum, and black cherry.


The mouth is balanced and restrained, with an edginess that should sustain for quite some time.

Growing Conditions

2006 literally began with incredible rains and flooding. The rest of winter was long and wet, resulting in late bud-break and bloom. A record-breaking heat wave in July stressed the vines some more. Warm dry winds in the latter part of September pushed harvest into full swing, although for most it typically began a couple of weeks later than normal.

Vineyards: Truchard Vineyard, Rancho Chimiles, Stewart Vineyard.


Bottling date; May 8, 2008.


Fermentation: 10 days, up to 85º

Maceration: 12 days average, up to 82º


18 months in 100% French oak, 60% new.