A red blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 17% Petit Verdot.
Deep black cherry and a profound dark ruby on the rim. The nose is filled with cherry, blueberry jam, violet, lavender, cassis, black pepper, oregano and cigar tobacco with touches of cherry blossom, chocolate and cinnamon. Feel the ripe tannins with a full mid palate and dark fruit-like cassis, black cherry and cider wood lingering on exotic fruit, red currant, a mixed berry fruit pie and fresh cut flowers.
94 Points, Wine Spectator:
"A huge step up in quality and price for this winery. Combines richness, depth and complexity with elegance and finesse. Full-bodied, showing fleshy currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit, with hints of spice, nutmeg and black licorice. Fleshes out to reveal a long, lingering finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016. 620 cases made. –JL" (4/30/2009)
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"This is a Bordeaux blend. It’s very dry and very tannic, and high alcohol gives it a not unpleasant heat that lifts the blackberries and cherries into roasted fruit territory. You’ll find additional notes of dark chocolate, licorice and pepper. Could develop over the long haul. S.H." (6/1/2009)
90+ Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate:
"The 2006 ERA Proprietary Wine, which is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with small quantities of Merlot and Cabernet Franc blended in, offers plenty of spicy new oak, but it is nicely counter-balanced by abundant black currant, tobacco leaf, smoke, cedar, and spice box characteristics. Dense, fleshy, and full-bodied, it will benefit from another 1-3 years of bottle age, and last for 15 years." (Dec. 2009)
In 2006, record heat in July along with October rain shut down the vines, lengthening the ripening time. Precise vineyard practices were used during thinning and leafing allowing the grapes to ripen well. Slow ripening produced wine with gorgeous aromas and perfectly balanced acidity. This elegant wine is the result.
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/21/2013