(2012 Vintage) The cold temperatures delayed bud break: the first signs came the second week in April. This year it seemed the varieties were budding at about the same time. Luckily the cooler temperatures continued while the ground dried out and vine vigor seemed to stay in check. Bloom came during the second and third weeks of May with fully formed berries. Overall the growing season was mild with two notable exceptions: the end of June saw a quick spike in temperatures in the middle of berry set, but seemed to have no effect on cluster and berry size. The second was a heat wave towards the end of July which saw temperatures soar to over 100 degrees but due to our irrigation program the vines emerged unscathed. By September it was clear that 2006 would be a late harvest. Though there was plenty of sunshine, sugar accumulation was slow. The first week of October delivered some rain which refreshed the vines and by midOctober the tannins were soft, and sugar and acidity looked in balance for harvest.
International Wine CellarBright ruby. Superripe, deep aromas of cassis, black plum, black cherry, bitter chocolate, espresso and violet; more perfumed today than the Napa bottling. Then very ripe, broad and seamless, with the violety cabernet franc character giving life to the middle palate. Vibrant and complex but still quite youthfully unevolved. Expands subtly and impressively on the back half, finishing with firm, refined tannins and sappy berry flavors. This really dances on the palate.