|WineSmith 2006 Cabernet Franc|
Cabernet Franc, the father of Cabernet Sauvignon, is one of the most challenging of grapes. Excellent wine only results from a rare convergence of technical skill, an artisinal hand, a well-farmed vineyard in the right place and a vintage blessed by Mother Nature.
|2006 Faux Chablis|
For those who have followed the Napa Valley College Student Vineyard Faux Chablis series since 2001, this wine will make perfect sense.
The first thing you will notice is its color, which is very dark amber with a touch of peach, much like the fire wines Georgian Rkatsitelli sometimes produces. One can be forgiven for imagining this as oxidation, but it is not. It is simply incredible density.
|2006 Meritage (Planet Pluto)|
When scientists rejected planetary status for Pluto in 2003, we took exception. “Planet” is a very old term which means “wanderer,” thus any heavenly body which orbits the sun – is a planet! It doesn’t matter that Pluto doesn’t fall into the categories established for scientific theories of planetary formation. It’s still there, wandering around our solar system, and we can call it a planet if we want to -- it’s our language, not theirs!
|2006 Cabernet Sauvignon|
This perfect vintage allowed us to make another “real wine” with wonderfully density and stout but refined tannins. The structure and framework is firm, while the entry and mid-palate delight with a rich, generous base wine of soft round tannins and a sweet core of cassis.
Grapes picked at the peak of phenolic ripeness showcase the celebrated Peterson vineyard worked in harmony with the tiny berries of Tulucay Vineyard, which yield very low volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with blueberry aromas.