2006 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Black wine with purple rim.
Toasty oak, chocolate, and cassis on the nose, with an ethereal entry of highly structured fruit. Obviously, this is mountain-grown elevation fruit. Sweet black tea, mocha, and berry notes are feathered in with smooth tannins and cigar smoke. This wine is full bodied but much more sprightly on its feet than, say, Lot 82 Napa Valley Cabernet, which is dense with fruit sweetness. Here, the tannic structure is more akin to a fine Barolo with its slightly lighter color but fantastic structure. Again, iron fist/velvet glove is a great descriptor here. Extremely refined Cabernet here that is in need of decanting, for sure. Of course, this wine will improve beautifully in the bottle over the next 10 to 15 years.
Style: Full, Bold