The 2006 vintage marks the first year we produced Claret at our new home in Sonoma
County. Being able to craft the wine from start to finish at our own facility helps us
heighten the quality-level of Claret even further.
The growing season was long and cool in 2006 with moderate temperatures. We
didnt start harvesting until after Labor Day, a winemakers dream. Our first Cabernet
came in from El Dorado County on September 26th and the grapes were some of
the best weve ever harvested. An early indication of grape quality is color in the
fermentor and in 2006 we had plenty. After Cabernet Sauvignon came Malbec and
Petit Verdot, both delivering exceptional color, weight and structure.
Perhaps, most exciting for us was the fact we could source Merlot and Cabernet
Franc this vintage from our Estate vines in Geyserville. As 2006 marks the first year
we blended in fruit from the Estate, we were extremely pleased to find that the
quality of the fruit surpassed our expectations.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.