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Dark Horse Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Scharf Family Vineyard 2006

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Dark and intense with firmly structured currant, blackberry and spicy flavors that provide backbone and depth. Chocolate smokiness - this is a strickly Dark Horse term - gives an immediate description of the finish. This wine is so big it could carry John Candy as a jockey.

Region: USA » California » Sonoma Valley

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  • 2006

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Dark Horse Wine:
Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek has been blazing new trails throughout California for the past two decades. Fresh out of U.C. Davis with a degree in enology in 1983, Mike spent 5 years developing his winemaking style in Paso Robles. From there he headed the winemaking program at Meeker Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. After leaving Mee... Read more
Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek has been blazing new trails throughout California for the past two decades. Fresh out of U.C. Davis with a degree in enology in 1983, Mike spent 5 years developing his winemaking style in Paso Robles. From there he headed the winemaking program at Meeker Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. After leaving Meeker, Mike headed up winemaking at Armida Winery. After many successful years making wine Mike decided it was time to let the Dark Horse out of the barn, so to speak. And ever since, he's been hittin' the trails with the Dark Horse. The concept is simple: take small lots of exceptional wine and put it in a package that folks can't help but notice...and have some fun with it along the way! www.darkhorsewine.com PRESS 92 points! Wine Spectator names Dark Horse 2005 Dry Creek Zin, Treborce Vineyard, top-rated California Zinfandel. Featured in BOTH May 2008 and June 30 edition! Dallas Morning News says... "[2005 Treborce Zin] It's a big, juicy mouthful of dark berry and cherry flavors laced with wild herb and pepper notes." James Laube says... "Dark Horse Zin in the Winner's Circle" Read less

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01/27/2010

True to the winemaker's description, this wine is big. The nose is ripe cherry, but this Cabernet is hot. It's 14.4% abv is apparent in the bouquet. The high alcohol content doesn't throw off the balance on the palette, though. This cab is powerful and its has incredible tannins. There is a suggestion of blackberry, but it is fleeting. There is a wave of pepper and spice that would make most Shiraz's pale in comparison. The finish is a leathery, smoke. The "chocolate smokiness" in the winemaker's notes is there, but the chocolate is akin to semisweet cocoa mix. Did I mention this wine has some powerful tannins? I'm not an expert, but I think this wine would do well to breath for an hour before drinking. There is also a note of green on the palette, so it might turn out to be less of a monster in a few years. Pairings: Something with a creme sauce, or soft cheeses, to ease the tannins, or for something more intense: pepper steak. (Although this would probably be too overpowering for most of the population.) Price: 38 is a bit high. In another 5 years it would probably be a great deal. I found it on sale for 24 dollars and think that is a very reasonable price for a Cabernet this big.



Dark and intense with firmly structured currant, blackberry and spicy flavors that provide backbone and depth. Chocolate smokiness - this is a strickly Dark Horse term - gives an immediate description of the finish. This wine is so big it could carry John Candy as a jockey.

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