Nose

Compared to the 2005, the wine is more forward and approachable, offering hints of black cherry, cinnamon, wintergreen, vanilla, coffee, and floral notes. Expansive and complex are my other notes.

Palate

The acid and weight are perhaps more reminiscent of Bordeaux than California—a result of the vintage rather than any winemaking manipulation. The wine is very alive and should hold together 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 budbreak 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: Fore Family; Rancho Chimiles; Stewart Vineyard.

Bottling

Bottling Date: May 22, 2008

Winemaking

The Bordeaux reds of 2006 offer elegance and complexity. That is their charm and why they attract me so much. Because the Merlot was so strong in 2006, it represents 20% of the blend, offering a lush, supple note to the wine. Fermentation: 12 days average, up to 82º

Aging

18 months in 100% French Oak, 70% new.

Appearance

Medium ruby in color.