2006 Robert Young "Red Winery Road" Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

SKU #1090347

The Youngs have deep roots in the Alexander Valley; they were one of the first families to settle and begin farming there in 1858. Today, 150+ years and four generations later, the family still farms the same lands. After a century of growing grain, fruit, and cattle, vineyards were first planted in 1963 by third-generation Robert Young and his wife. The reins passed to their four children who founded the Robery Young Estate Winery in 1997. Robert Young produces three principle wines: Chardonnay, a red Bordeaux-style blend called 'Scion', and Merlot, but in top vintages when they have a surplus of spectacular fruit, they will also several small-batch wines (50-150 cases). "Red Winey Road" Cabernet is one such special production. The 2006 shows classic Alexander Valley dark, brambly fruits in the nose, which are intensified by ripe blackberry and cassis aromas and hints of loamy earth, thanks to excellent ripening conditions in 2006. It is rich and full in the mouth, with creamy layers on the palate accented by earth and toasty vanilla notes from French oak ageing on the palate. Tannins have softened with a few years' bottle age and the mineral, fruit, and oak components are integrating nicely for an elegant, smooth, yet complex Cabernet to enjoy tonight with steak and frites.

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2012  | Send Email
Only made in the best of vintages, this Cab blend delivers quality on par with Napa Valley for much less than you would usually pay for this rich of a wine. The few extra years of bottle age have also helped, this wine is deleloped, richly fruited, and drinking wonderfully rightn now

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.