The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard is a 650-case blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. A candidate for wine of the vintage, it boasts an extraordinary perfume of lead pencil shavings, plums, licorice, black currants, and white chocolate as well as a firm, Bordeaux-like structure, good purity, and incredibly sweet fruit. It will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and last for 20-25 years. Those consumers who complain about high alcohol in California Cabernets should realize that this offering possesses less than 14% alcohol. (RP)
The nose is brimming with blueberries and spice, with a hint of new wood. The palate is full, chewy, and powerful, very powerful. Give this at least five more years. 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. 600 cases. (JS)
Good full, deep ruby. Deep, brooding aromas of dark fruits, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and minerals. At once denser and tighter than the Estate Cuvee, showing a rather muscular, claret-like minerality today but also a stronger fruit component. Finishes with terrific spine for aging. Lay this one down. With the 2007 vintage, the label will say Grand Vin. Incidentally, the winery maximized the quality of its 2006s by selling off more than 500 cases' worth of wine through a private label. (ST) 93+
Claret-like in weight and flavor profile, with cedary cigar box, dried currant and licorice, graphite and pencil lead notes. Tilts toward drying on the aftertaste, making now a good time to enjoy.--2006 California Cabernet blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now. 650 cases made. (JL)
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