This wine shows rich aromas of ripe black cherries and currants lifted by mineral notes of graphite dust, floral tones of lavender and violets, and warm notes of brioche, leather, cocoa nib and tar. In the mouth, intense flavors of ripe fruit are structured by beautifully integrated but massive tannins tightly wound around a core of deep sweetness, displaying a brooding palate driven by earthiness. The persistent finish lingers with minerality and sweet tannins. If you plan to serve this vintage before 2011, decanting the wine for about 4 hours before serving is recommended, as it was quite closed when poured directly from the bottle at the time of release. Decanting will aerate the wine, allowing it to open up and express its breadth of flavors and textures more completely.
Wine AdvocateThe 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a surprisingly soft, round, delicious wine that, while quite backward and tannic last year, now seems to be up-front, forward, and easy to drink. Much lighter than I remember, with less color saturation, the wine has a dark plum/ruby color and an attractive nose of red currants, cherries, and black currants, with some loamy soil notes and hints of licorice. It is mid-weight, medium-bodied, and ideal for drinking now and over the next 12-14 years.