Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Awards Accolades: "The question that begs to be answered is why so many producers ignore what Cartlidge and Browne does better than just about anybody else in the state—produce fruit forward, pure, varietally correct, delicious wines." - <strong>Robert M Parker Jr.'s Wine Advocate</strong><br/><br/> About This Wine: “It’s almost an archetype: a Cabernet’s Cabernet. The density of fruit makes it very palate filling <br/>without being too rough. Flavors of cedar, graphite, cassis, sweet tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate <br/>are so well-knit together that it is hard to take apart. That said, chocolate cherries immediately come <br/>to mind. It would pair beautifully with grilled and roasted red meats, as well as game and stews.” - <em>Paul Moser, Winemaker</em><br/><br/> <strong>The vineyard</strong> - Surrounded by tall pines, this beautiful vineyard features sloped hillsides with volcanic, iron-rich red soils and is part of California’s newest and most exciting AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), Red Hills Lake County. The Mayacamas Mountains’ elevation of 2,500 feet makes an ideal location for Cabernet Sauvignon—with hot days allowing for fruit ripening and cool nights providing the balancing acidity.<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaking</strong> - This wine is made from fruit grown on three small, steep hillside blocks. Two blocks are planted to clone 15, while the other features clone 337. All three areas have consistently yielded intense, large-scale wine, and the 2006 vintage was no exception. Clone 337, with its blackberry cobbler character, is especially dark and intense. Clone 15 has an elegant, focused quality and provides a nice spiciness. Each clone was fermented separately. Following malolactic fermentation, both lots spent fourteen months in oak (75% American, 25% French). The wine was then carefully blended and bottled in late January 2008.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Cartlidge Browne Winery was founded in St. Helena by Tony Cartlidge and Glenn Browne. Today the three partners are Tony Cartlidge, Paul Moser and Bob Babbe. Cartlidge Browne Winery is based in a 100,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in American Canyon at the southern end of the Napa Valley. Our fruit is sourced from approximately 1000 acres of vineyards under contract throughout California.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: Winemaking for the last 25 years has been directed by Paul Moser. Paul’s stylistic preferences have been shaped by his extensive tasting of the great wines of the world during his previous occupations as sommelier and wine merchant. A Stanford graduate, who studied in France, Paul spent extensive time working in wineries in Burgundy and the Loire. As a result, Cartlidge Browne wines, while definitely Californian in fruit, have always had a distinctly “French” or “European” styling.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Harvest:</strong> 9/28/06<br/><br/> <strong>Brix:</strong> 25.7<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.27% by vol.<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> .66 g/100 ml<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.77<br/><br/>
"Despite the enormous influence of California's wineries, too few specialize in premium wines at value prices. One that does is Cartlidge and Browne. Avoiding extra oak and other types of manipulation used by some vintners, Cartlidge & Browne produces fruity, pure, and vibrant wines that reflect varietals' personalities.