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Robert Young Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Scion 2006

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Scion wines have consistent characteristics: the use of fruit grown on select sections of our estate vineyards where the vines are rooted in well-drained, non-vigorous, volcanic soils; the use of 100% French oak barrels (approximately 40% of which are new each year); and the “hands-on” skills of only one man, Kevin Warren, the Robert Young Estate Winery winemaker. Consequently, Scion wines have repeatedly received enthusiastic reviews from wine critics, the wine trade, and our customers alike. The 2006 Scion is once again predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and is labeled as such. The wine is a hybrid between California and Bordeaux styles, structured and balanced with plenty of fruit. The 2006 vintage yielded much less fruit than its preceding year: the record-breaking winegrape crop in California history to date. What it lacked in quantity, it made up for in quality. Though the early season rains and July heat waves challenged vineyard managers all over Sonoma County, Jim Young was able to tame Mother Nature by thinning leaves, dropping fruit, and keeping a close eye on his crop. By the end of harvest, he was able to deliver ripe, concentrated grapes to Kevin. Reminiscent of the flavors and structure of 2004 Scion, the 2006 vintage has notes of black and red cherry, plum, red currant, and a hint of spice. With a tannin structure built for aging, the fruit is powerful and definitive of Robert Young Vineyards.

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Robert Young Estate Winery:
The scions of Robert Young are descendants of a long line of farmers. Throughout five generations of farming the same property, they understand the most efficient, best way to cultivate their land. From wheat to cattle to prunes and now wine grapes, they have sustained a unique balance of dedication to and preservation of the land. Savvy business instincts have encouraged them to take risks in ... Read more
The scions of Robert Young are descendants of a long line of farmers. Throughout five generations of farming the same property, they understand the most efficient, best way to cultivate their land. From wheat to cattle to prunes and now wine grapes, they have sustained a unique balance of dedication to and preservation of the land. Savvy business instincts have encouraged them to take risks in farming, becoming pioneers in the planting of new crops. The first of the Young family to emigrate from upstate New York to California came for the Gold Rush. Peter Young, grandfather of Robert Young, settled on a 206-acre ranch southeast of Geyserville, California in 1858. He was among the pioneers who literally built the community of the Alexander Valley. It was Peter's wife, Rachel, who was a key contributor to the building of the church and establishment of the community Sunday school. Cultivation of grapes began when Robert Young Vineyards was established in 1963. Seeing the potential of the emerging wine industry, Robert Young gradually converted the prune orchard into vineyards. Robert and his first wife, Gertrude, worked diligently to expand the property to encompass all of the land previously owned by Peter Young. The scions of Robert Young - JoAnn, Jim, Susan and Fred - believe their legacy is to keep this land together, while carrying forth their father's commitment to excellence. "The creation of the winery is a result of dad's years of hard work. Dad is the rootstock who is responsible for this new growth coming forth from the scion," said JoAnn. Today the 500-acre Robert Young Estate is among the most honored winegrowing properties in the world. The ranch is planted with 317 acres of benchland and hillside vineyards, containing three main grape varieties: Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ten other varieties thrive on the ranch in lesser quantities. Vineyard soils contain sandstone, shale, oceanic crust and sediment, providing well-drained and diverse beds for the vines. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Robert Young Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Scion

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,329
4.50 5
02/14/2011

A bit tight on the nose with fine nuanced notes of herb and licorice rising first from the glass, followed by clear lightly toasty oak, lightly candied cherry and wild berry fruit with a growing herbaceous background note and light violet/floral elements. The nose really gains polleny/floral tones with air. A bit tight in the mouth, and nicely structured but already very well balanced. This combines an earthy, savory face with nicely presented fresh currant and black plum skin fruit. There’s some pencil lead, licorice and leathery tones that add complexity. Still quite young with a nice tobacco element on the finish, which is cut a bit short by the tannins and some aggressive toasty wood tones. This has a bit of a split personality, it smells a bit new world, but not really fruity, and feels a bit old world, though amply oaked. The fruit tends to pop the most on the long finish, which is slightly minty, and perhaps a touch hot. There’s lot’s going on here and this can only improve with a year or three in the cellar. 92pts


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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
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4.00 5
02/15/2011

This is an extremely complex wine, and I can barely piece together any of what's inside it. It's very oaky and a bit hot (though I don't mind it at all), and it has a bit of a buttery finish. The finish is where it really does it for me, as the initial taste is overshadowed by the finish.



Scion wines have consistent characteristics: the use of fruit grown on select sections of our estate vineyards where the vines are rooted in well-drained, non-vigorous, volcanic soils; the use of 100% French oak barrels (approximately 40% of which are new each year); and the “hands-on” skills of only one man, Kevin Warren, the Robert Young Estate Winery winemaker. Consequently, Scion wines have repeatedly received enthusiastic reviews from wine critics, the wine trade, and our customers alike. The 2006 Scion is once again predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and is labeled as such. The wine is a hybrid between California and Bordeaux styles, structured and balanced with plenty of fruit. The 2006 vintage yielded much less fruit than its preceding year: the record-breaking winegrape crop in California history to date. What it lacked in quantity, it made up for in quality. Though the early season rains and July heat waves challenged vineyard managers all over Sonoma County, Jim Young was able to tame Mother Nature by thinning leaves, dropping fruit, and keeping a close eye on his crop. By the end of harvest, he was able to deliver ripe, concentrated grapes to Kevin. Reminiscent of the flavors and structure of 2004 Scion, the 2006 vintage has notes of black and red cherry, plum, red currant, and a hint of spice. With a tannin structure built for aging, the fruit is powerful and definitive of Robert Young Vineyards.

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1459 cases produced.

Aged 24 months in French Oak.


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