2006 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color as well as more subtle smoke, graphite, damp earth, creme de cassis, and blackberry characteristics, and a youthful, full-bodied mouthfeel with impressive concentration, texture, and length. This blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc from high elevation vineyards (2,000 feet) is capable of lasting two decades or more. This iconic winery continues to offer wines with personalities and styles that set them apart (especially the estate wines) from just about anything else readers will taste from California.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(75% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot and 3% cabernet franc) Ruby-red color. Cherry preserves, cassis, pipe tobacco and dried flowers on the nose, with a sexy note of oak spice emerging with air. Juicy and gently sweet red and dark berry flavors are complemented by notes of bitter chocolate and cherry pit, with a hint of spicy tobacco on the back end. At once deep and graceful, with strong finishing cut and a lingering note of bitter cherry. I prefer this bottling to the excellent 2005 and find it more accessible as well.
A tightly wound, full-bodied youngster, exhibiting dried currant, sage, mineral and graphite. Complex and backward, this is firmly tannic and sure to show much better in five to seven years. (Web Only- 2010)