2006 St Clement Cabernet Sauvignon Star Vineyard Rutherford Napa Valley
Proprietors Jack and Lily Oliver have collaborated with viticulturist David Abreu to ensure that their fruit and their vineyard is absolute perfection; and it is. Consistent weather and rocky, well-drained soils make this a sweet spot for Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.
Armstrong Ranch sits high atop Diamond Mountain, just west of Calistoga. The vineyardblocks are planted on an extreme hillside with an elevation range of 850 to 1,200 feet. Thethin, volcanic soils are laden with obsidian (volcanic glass) and very limiting; each vine produces only 2 tons per acre. Due to the varying elevations and row orientations, thisvineyard is typically harvested three or four different times; sometimes a quarter of a rowis left behind to ripen further. All of these factors make it a difficult place for a grapevine,and the resulting wines are incredibly rich in flavor with a complex tannin structure. In2006, Diamond Mountain experienced a late bud break due to cool spring temperatures. Warm daytime temperatures during the summer and fall allowed the grapes to achieveripeness of flavors and tannins, and harvest was completed by the first week of October.
WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS ::
This wine opens with rich aromas ofblackberry, roasted coffee, anise, darkchocolate and a hint of smoky oak. The palate is full-bodied with well-developed tannins and flavors of blackcherry, bittersweet chocolate, driedcranberries and toasted oak. Thewine is aged in French oak (95 percent new)for nineteen months.
Proprietors Jack and Lily Oliver have collaborated with viticulturist David Abreu toensure that their fruit and their vineyard is absolute perfection; and it is. Consistent weather and rocky, well-drained soils make this a sweet spot for Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet that we purchase for St. Clement is located on the crown of the vineyard. This vineyard is the backbone of Oroppas each year, and produces wines with wonderfully silky tannins and vivid fruit. The 2006 growing season began with cool springtime temperatures and a slightly later bud break. Warm summer months kept harvest on track by gradually advancing fruit maturity and ripeness in the vineyard. Harvest progressed perfectly, and aroma, tannin, and flavor profile for this vintage is phenomenal.
From the famed Rutherford dust of northern Napa…dark ruby/purple color is followed by a sweet bouquet of cedar, black cherries, black currants, and a touch of spicy oak, medium to full-bodied flavors, ripe tannins, and a round, generous finish. This outstanding, well-made Cabernet Sauvignon should evolve nicely for 15+ years.
This wine opens with lush aromas of blueberry, milk chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. The palate follows with with flavors of raspberry jam, black currant and cocoa powder wrapped around smooth, velvety tannins. The wine is aged in French oak (95 percent new) for nineteen months. A small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the Star Vineyard provides additional structure and aroma.