Hewitt's 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is a large-scaled, structured effort displaying plenty of dusty, earthy notes intermixed with chocolate, licorice, spice box, black currant, and new oak smells. With an opaque purple color as well as terrific depth and intensity, this seriously-endowed 2006 will require some cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035. (RP)
Intense and full-blown, rich and concentrated, with a rustic, earthy edge to the dried currant, sage and underbrush notes. The depth and dimension of the flavors are cloaked in chewy tannins, requiring time to unfold. (JL)
From a 58-acre vineyard just north of the Rubicon Estate, this classic Rutherford cabernet has bosky cherry flavors and a dusting of chocolate richness over its tannin. While there are some green notes to the tannin, the texture is saturated, the finish cool. For roast lamb.
*Cellar Selection* Pretty tannic now, which accentuates the dryness, creating an austere palate impression. So it's one for the cellar, but will it age? Yes. It's dramatically rich in blackberries, black currants and blueberries, with a voluptous edge of dark chocolate.
Tannic, with intense cassis and subtle chocolatey oak. Its track record suggests improvement with cellaring, and a higher score down the road.
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