2006 Lewelling "Wight Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Slightly deeper, fuller, and more structured, with noticeably higher tannin is the opaque purple-hued 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard. Sharing many of the same characteristics as its less expensive sibling, it also reveals notes of creme de cassis, smoky charcoal, graphite, and earth as well as a bigger framework and structured tannins, both nicely supported by an extravagant wealth of fruit and richness. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 25 years.
The Lewelling Estate is one of few domestic producers that can even begin to compete with Old World longevity. Established in 1864, it is one of the oldest continuously-owned family vineyards in the Napa Valley, and that heritage of winemaking comes through in the wine. Mouthwatering aromas of black cherry, raspberry and plum are underscored by professorial pipe smoke that makes you think of courderoy jackets with patches on the elbows. The palate is decidedly modern, though, with flavors of tobacco and minerals, smoke and sweet black fruit framed by gripping tannins and sweet vanilla on the finish. Just 541 cases produced.