2006 Kobalt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, saturated ruby to the rim. Knockout nose offers black cherry liqueur and crushed blackberry; shows a distinctly candied aspect. Then supersweet and penetrating in the mouth, with powerfully concentrated flavors of cassis, blueberry, violet, licorice, fruitcake and cigar box. There's a grapey, primary quality to this wine but also a shocking amount of early personality. In the style of a vintage port, and quite fresh on the extremely long aftertaste. The Hundred Acre 2005 "Fortification" bottling that I tasted last spring may be the best California port I've sampled in a long time, but this one is close in quality.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A more masculine, tannic, structured offering is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of flowers, black raspberries, and blackberries are followed by a rich, full-bodied, big, concentrated wine that can stand up to the tannic ferocity. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and drink it over the next 20 years. It may merit an even higher score in 4-5 years. (RP)