2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 1
TR Passalacqua Vineyard
Dry Creek Valley
$75 per bottle
The vines of Block 1 run north to south through Arbuckle gravel loam to produce the rich, complex fruit in this Cabernet. The 2006 vintage tolerated cool weather from spring into autumn with all the Cabernet harvested during the final week of October. With this cool growing season we kept the grapes on the vine longer for the flavor compounds in the grape skins to fully develop, producing gorgeously deep color and intense flavor in the wine. Fermentation proceeded into November, with the new wines getting into barrel for malolactic fermentation just before Thanksgiving! Aromas of cardamom, black pepper spice and mocha precede flavors of briar-patch blackberry, cherry and plum, all wrapped in a toasty oak finish. This Cabernet from Block 1 was aged in barrels made by master cooper Alain Fouquet, the same ones he crafts for Chateau Margaux. These were chosen to enhance the Margaux-like qualities of Block 1: seductive aromatics overlying a wine of great structure and ageability.
Ageability: 20 to 25 years.
All of the grapes for our coveted Cabernets come from TR Passalacqua Ranch. These prized 17-year-old vines are located on the western slope of Dry Creek Valley at a 400-foot elevation. The quality of the fruit comes not only from the exceptional terrain of the vineyard, but also from meticulous farming practices. We grow balanced vines, using bunch thinning and limited irrigation to ensure the highest quality fruit, and dropping fruit to promote even ripening. Finally, picking only the slowly ripened morning side of each vine gives our winemaker the perfect grape. Read more about our Cabernet Vineyards.
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