The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard possesses the vintage’s structure and power. While this vintage is more irregular than the 2005, it has a tendency to produce more masculine-styled wines with loads of concentration, but less charm and finesse (at least at this stage). The 2006s are somewhat reminiscent of the 1996s, which followed the brilliant years of 1994 and 1995. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2006 Helms Vineyard cuvee offers subtle notes of spicy oak intermixed with forest floor and new oak. It exhibits a powerful, dense, rich finish, but overall is less evolved than the seemingly more complex 2005. (RP)
Good deep ruby. Sexy aromas of meat, mocha, smoke and tobacco. Suaver and more sophisticated than the Lotus, with a silkier texture and a captivating mineral lift to the ripe flavors of redcurrant, mocha and tobacco. Showing much more personality today. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins and very good energy and lift.
Rich berry, kirsch liqueur and black currant aromas fold over to the palate, providing a deep display of ripe fruit, which is framed by firm tannins that give this structure. Drink now through 2018.
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