Beaulieu Vineyard
  Beaulieu Vineyard 2006 Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
Sourced from selected blocks from the winery's original estate, this latest Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon is a fine expression of the area's terroir. Swirl a glass to release aromas of ripe bramble fruit, black currants, dark chocolate, coffee, clove, and licorice. Full-bodied with a firm structure, the wine is still rather smooth with blackberry, plum, semi-sweet chocolate, and roast coffee flavors drifting across the palate. There is great aging potential here. Ten years in the cellar would do wonders.
Score: 89
Flora Springs
  Flora Springs Winery 2006 Rutherford Hills Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
Sourced exclusively from their famous J block, this vintage delivers another classic Rutherford Cabernet. The bouquet is striking with strawberry jam and black cherry mingling with musty earth and cocoa. When sipped, black currants and cherries flow into bright notes of minerals and hints of truffles building to a signature dusty finish. While very nice now, ten years in the cellar would do nothing but good for a bottle.
Score: 90
Frank Family Vineyards
  Frank Family 2006 Winston Hill Red Wine / Rutherford
A blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with splashes of Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc added for complexity. Allowed to open up in a glass, a rich, intoxicating nose of strawberry, cherry, blueberry, dark chocolate, sweet oak, and woodsy notes wraps up your senses. A sip brings very smooth, very elegant flavors of ripe black cherry, blueberry with highlights of toasty oak and mocha providing a nice balance to the lush fruit. With such silky tannins and soothing flavors, this wine begs for a rich chocolate dessert. Savor this one.
Score: 92
Hewitt Vineyards
  Hewitt Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
This is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon produced with 100% Rutherford fruit that shows in its deep layers. Currents, plum, blackberry, chocolate, clove, and cedar ascend from a freshly swirled glass. On the palate, signature dusty tannins carry intense black fruit flavors which unfold into notes of roast coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and sweet spice. Quite dry and bright, the wine can stand up to the hardiest of beef dishes. Enjoy now or age a bottle for five years.
Score: 88
  Meander 2006 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
Sourced entirely from their Morisoli Vineyard this Cabernet is available exclusively to the winery mailing list. Rich black fruit dominates the nose with currants, plum, and blackberry showing through. Hints of earth and mocha rise up from deeper pockets. The palate reflects the dark fruit aromas on the nose, with notes of clove, licorice, chocolate, and bright minerals nuances proving some zip.
Score: 88
Monticello Vineyards
  Monticello Vineyards 2006 Tietjen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
A grand expression of the winery's trademark elegance, the 2006 Tietjen Vineyard Cabernet is a lush, very smooth wine. It opens with a lovely nose packed with sweet cherry and raspberry, with soft hints of vanilla and spice. Sleek tannins carry ripe berry flavors across the palate with lovely notes of vanilla, toffee, oak, and herbs providing a very nice depth. Only 224 cases were produced, so enjoy this one while it is still available.
Score: 92
Peju H.B Vineyard
  PEJU 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
All the fruit was hand picked and hand sorted for this Cabernet, and the extra care comes through in the quality. An invigorating nose of ripe cherry, raspberry, plum, smoky oak, violets, and vanilla greet the senses. When sipped, cherry, currants, and plum unfurl into deeper notes of vanilla and a kiss of toasty oak. Supple tannins and a very smooth finish make this a lovely, elegant wine that deserves the company of a juicy prime rib..
Score: 91
  Pina 2006 Firehouse Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
A bold wine that packs a powerful nose filled with cherry, raspberry, plum and currants, with hints of herbs and spicy oak. On the palate the wine is well-structured with solid tannins and offers the zip of dried red fruit flavors and minerals that build to a hot, lingering finish. It is a great candidate for the cellar. While good now, in five years, it promises to be exceptional.
Score: 87
Provenance Winery
  Provenance Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
Small berries produced a layered, highly structured wine. When swirled in a glass, a cascade of aromas pour out with black cherry, plum, and dark chocolate leading the way. Notes of roast coffee, smoky oak, and vanilla follow. After a sip, ripe dark berries and plum unfold into notes of chocolate, mint, and creamy oak. The bold tannins linger on the dry, cherry finish. Serve now with a Steak Au Poivre or an elegant cheddar and save a bottle for the cellar, too..
Score: 89
Quintessa Winery
  Quintessa 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
Sourced from multiple Vineyard blocks, the fruit spent 18 months in medium toast French Oak. In a glass, bold aromas of plum and black currents greet the senses, flowing into the concentrated palate of black fruit, with vibrant accents of cedar, coffee, chocolate, and sweet spice. Generous dusty tannins provide a nice structure, which promises graceful aging. Enjoy a bottle now, or cellar it for five years, and see what awaits.
Score: 90
Raymond Vineyards
  Raymond Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
After a mild spring and summer, the fruit was picked in mid-October and aged 18 months on new French Oak. With a fall release, date the wine is still a bit young, but the nose is rich with layers. Floral notes, with a ripe cherry and plum backing mingle with bold smoky accents and hints of herbs and spice. Dried cherry and currants come to the forefront of the palate, with hints of oak and spice passing through on the way to a dusty finish. Classic Rutherford, indeed.
Score: 90
Riboli Family Wine Estates
  Riboli Family Wine Estates 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
Genuine Rutherford Cabernet blended with a splash of Petit Verdot spent 24 months in French Oak. Allowed to open in a glass, the wine reveals a layered bouquet of cherry, currents, blackberry, and plum, with touches of oak, vanilla, and coffee providing nice accents. Full-bodied with supple tannins, this wine shows good promise for the cellar.
Score: 87
Round Pond Winery
  Round Pound Estate 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
The estate grown fruit was farmed sustainably using traditional old-world methods as well as modern innovations. The wine is rich with cherry, blackberry, plum, sweet spice, and pepper rising out of a freshly swirled glass. On the palate, plum and sweet blueberry move into hints of green herbs, clove, and cocoa. This is a nicely balanced wine with a promising structure for aging.
Score: 89
  Rubicon Estate 2006 Rubicon / Rutherford
100% Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon with a splash of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc comprise the 2006 Rubicon, which was aged in French Oak for 22 months. In a glass, its bouquet is deep with layers of cherry, blackberry and currents flowing into rich notes of chocolate, coffee, and a hint of tobacco. A very nice structure and a nice jammy character make the wine highly drinkable. Enjoy it now, or save it for the cellar.
Score: 90
Sequoia Grove
  Sequoia Grove 2006 Rutherford Bench Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
A blend of predominately Cabernet Sauvignon with the other four Bordeaux varietals, it is unmistakably Rutherford. Blackberry, burnt currant, and dark chocolate aromas rise up from a glass with a lovely backdrop of dusty minerals. The blackberry and currants return on the palate, with complicating notes of vanilla, coffee, and cocoa. Rare grilled lamb or juicy tri-tip would make excellent pairings..
Score: 88
Staglin Family Vineyard
  Staglin Family Vineyard 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
Due for an October release, the 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is accented with a touch of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The nose is pack with bright cherry and red plum aromas, with hints of cedar, chocolate, and cassis. Lush plum and currants flavors unfold into sweet cherry, dark chocolate, and notes of sweet, smoky earth. A thick, juicy rib eye would compliment a bottle very nicely.
Score: 87
Sullivan Vineyards
  Sullivan Vineyards 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford
Blended in the tradition of France with Cabernet 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine presents with a rich, layered nose. Strawberry, cherry, and blueberry move into notes of spice, clove, and smoky cedar. A soft palate of ripe red berries with hints of orange peal, earth, and pepper is balance by a nice acidity. Grill up some succulent short-ribs, and enjoy a bottle.
Score: 89
Ratings Key:
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92 — 95
89 — 91
85 — 88
81 — 84

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