2006 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Bright hue for age; a quite remarkable outcome from a rare cool and wet Margaret River vintage; the decision was taken to sweat it out, and enough fine weather returned to achieve ripeness, ironically in a more accessible style than the ’07.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Red- and blackcurrant, blood orange and licorice on the nose. Rich but youthfully taut, with deep, incisive red fruit flavors that are slow to unwind. Becomes more perfumed with air and picks up notes of cracked pepper and nutmeg. Finishes with nervy cut and silky, harmonious tannins. This promising wine still needs a little bottle age.
Firm, focused and full of character, offering mineral-accented plum and currant flavors on an aristocratic frame. Finishes with fine tannins. Best from 2012 through 2016.
Includes 11% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. 24 months in oak (40% new, many different coopers). Fragrant, graphite and cassis. Juicy and inviting with mouth-watering freshness with the fruit depth to counterbalance the acidity. Elegant.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon gives a deep garnet color and notes of cassis and red currant over tomato leaf, moss covered bark and black pepper. The medium-full bodied palate is very crisp with a medium-high level of chewy tannins and a good mouthful of berry and earth flavors, finishing long and peppery. A pretty good showing for this difficult vintage - drink this one now to 2018+.
This wine is definitely on the herbal side, but it’s also suave and silky, with refined notes of tobacco, cedar and cassis. Medium bodied and elegant, even if the flavors are a touch green.