Inky purple. Deep blackberry, cassis and graphite aromas are sharply delineated and pure. Luscious dark fruit flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and firmed by fine-grained tannins, picking up licorice and candied floral qualities with air. The tannins fade into the fruit on the finish, which is spicy, focused and long. 'My concession to marketing,' said Asseo, who believes that blends allow him to best express his limestone-based vineyard. (JR)
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is no match for either the 2005 and 2004 produced by Stephan Asseo. It is more tannic, backward, and restrained, but also very concentrated, with huge structure. In that sense, the wine behaves more like a St.-Estephe than a California Cabernet. It possesses abundant quantities of earth and black fruit characteristics, but it requires 4-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades. (RP) 90+
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