Complex spice aromas and concentrated sweet fruit abound in this wine. The aromas entice with blackberry and ripe plum mingling with clove and vanilla. The mouth is alive with berries, cherries and spicy oak. Smooth and full, this approachable wine offers a long, lingering finish.
||September 29-October 30, 2006
Crafted around a core of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the 2006 Mountain Cuvee begins with sweet and vibrant red cherry aromas, alongside notes of rhubarb, lavender, earth and spice. Rich, mouth-filling and backed by well-balanced tannins, it offers a pleasing array of ripe red and black fruit flavors highlighting cherry and plum layers.
The 2006 growing season began with a cool, wet spring, which delayed bud break by several weeks. With the arrival of sunshine and warmth in June, the vines began to bloom and set fruit. A brief, beneficial heat wave in early July allowed the fruit to "catch up" without doing any damage. The remainder of the summer offered mild, seasonal weather all the way up to harvest, resulting in well-paced, even ripening.