2006 Winesmith Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi, Mokelumne River 750ml 3-Pack
This perfect vintage allowed WineSmith to make another “real wine” with wonderfully density and stout but refined tannins. The structure and framework is firm, while the entry and mid-palate delight with a rich, generous base wine of soft round tannins and a sweet core of cassis.
Grapes picked at the peak of phenolic ripeness showcase the celebrated Peterson vineyard worked in harmony with the tiny berries of Tulucay Vineyard, which yield very low volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with blueberry aromas. Tulucay provides a Napa Cabernet of monstrous proportions when aged 37 months in the cellar, emerging in the best vintages as WineSmith's $100 Crucible.
For the 2006, WineSmith found a small proportion was absolutely magical when blended with the Peterson, enhancing its structural framing and ageworthiness.
After an initial release in 2010, six barrels were held back for additional aging in neutral cooperage, which greatly enhanced its complexity, adding elements of mysterious and intriguing “come hither” aromatics.