2006 WALL CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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Up on Mt. Veeder,
you have to wind up a long road before arriving at Duane Wall’s picturesque
vineyard. Duane’s relentless passion for
this vineyard is evidenced in the fantastic quality of the grapes he grows. The
Cabernet from this remote vineyard has a dense purple color with classic crème
de cassis, black plum and cedar characteristics.
growing season began with a wet, long winter resulting in a slightly delayed
budbreak. Summer was quite hot, followed by a slightly cooler fall. The cooler
autumn extended harvest, resulting in grapes with complex flavors and aromas.
The later harvest also allowed for an ideal acid balance to develop in the
grapes, lending to Cabernets that will age elegantly for years to come.
This is the
third vintage of our Wall Cabernet and we’re delighted that it continues to be
a favorite of many. My son Adam and I
made this Cab like we make all our reds – pick the fruit when the tannins are
ripe so only minimal winemaker intervention will be needed. We added 10% of Cabernet Franc from the Wall
Vineyard, giving it additional layers of complexity. After crushing, the juice was fermented and
then aged for almost two years in some of my favorite thin-staved French oak
barrels that are made by Duane Wall. A
cooper in addition to a wine grower, Duane and his talents give a fantastic
synergy to the resulting wine.
“The depth and
richness of this wine are extraordinary.
It is overflowing with ripe black fruit flavors of cherry and
boysenberry, complemented by hints of tobacco, cedar and toasty oak. There is
nothing demure about this wine - from its passionate wine grower and cooper, to
its big structured tannins and long finish. I expect it will age for many years
to come and look forward to sitting on the picnic bench at Duane’s vineyard one
day, tasting multiple vintages with him.” - Ed Sbragia
90 points - Wine Advocate
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Harvest: October 12, 2006
Components: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Case Production: 520
Alcohol: 14.6%TA: 0.66g/100ml pH: 3.75 RS: 0.00