2006 Portfolio, Limited Edition
Abundant rain in winter and spring, with a cool growing season, a short heat spell in July and ideal warm weather in August. A late cool harvest with foggy morning and cold nights. It was a perfect weather conditions which allowed us to bring in our Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc at optimal ripeness, density, concentration and age worthy wine.
Portfolio Limited Edition shows aromas of fresh rose petals, licorice and cassis intertwined with spicy sweet oak. Simultaneously silky and dense on the palate with flavors of huckleberries, cassis, espresso and black cherry, the finish is lingering with some minerality, juiciness and smooth tannins. The wine will cellar well for many decades.
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%
Fruit Sources: Hendry Ranch Block 8 and Detert East
Age of Vines: CS 32 years and CF 27 years
Date of Harvest: October 14th and 15th
Fermentation: Fermented in 1-ton bin
Winemaking: Natural gravity flow, no fining, no filtration
Skin Contact: 37 days
Malolactic Fermentation: In barrel
Barrel Aging: 31 months in 100% New French Oak
Production: 200 cases
Firm, rich and concentrated, with a tight mix of dried currant, black licorice, loamy earth and hints of sage and cedar. This is very Bordeaux-like in its restraint and structure, with a long, persistent finish and tannins that give the flavors traction. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2012 through 2022. - James Laube