From James Laube's WS blog, James Laube Unfined:
"The 2006 California Pinot Noir vintage ended up being more mixed and challenging than vintners thought it would be earlier on. When they were in the midst of harvest and fermentations, there were lots of accolades that have since been tempered by the reality that 2006 isn’t as good as ’05 or ’04 or ’03.
Last fall, as many of the 2006s were headed out of barrel and toward bottling, with final blends being assembled, I heard more winemakers talk about odd lots of wines marked by herbal and under-ripe flavors, the result of 2006 being a large crop.
Winemakers said these less-appealing lots of wine were being declassified, which means they’re sold to négociants who in turn blend those wines with other lots and sell them under their own labels."
Also, a poster below in the comments said:
User Name: Brian Loring, Lompoc, CA Posted: 01:16 AM ET, March 13, 2008
Matt - no need to worry. As Jim points out, 2006 is a mixed bag. There were definitely some problems areas, but there were also some great Pinots in 2006.
Even though Jamie felt compelled to declassify his Kanzler, you only have to look at the current issue of Wine Spectator to see that Andrew Vingiello of AP Vin received a 93 point score for his 2006 Kanzler Pinot.
And I've tasted all the Kosta Browne 2006 Pinots in barrel... and they were (IMHO) as good as anything they've ever produced. Whether that translated to bottle, or that Jim agrees when he tastes them, is something I can't guarantee... but I can't imagine they'd disappoint any KB fan.
I think 2006 will be one of those vintages that shows a greater separation between top notch and also rans wines. Personally, I'm enjoyig quite a few 2006 from trusted producers such as Siduri... but I'm lucky in that I get access to some of the top producer's wines each year."
I don't know if that helps or not. I have no personal experience with the 2006 vintage, and as it is, these pinots are out of my price range at the moment. I also have no particular information about who either of those people are who I just quoted above me, so YMMCV. But I expect you either already have an opinion on 2006 cali pinot, or have none at all. I would say if you have none, the anecdotal evidence from the previous offers would suggest that you will enjoy these, and perhaps you should as an introduction. And if you do have an opinion, well, then you probably know what your opinion is and you need/want more specific flavor information.
Not too many to count, but dang. This place has a way of building a cellar for you.