2006 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A very fine Cabernet. Not quite in the league of the '04 and '05, but rich and complex, a wine to drink now and over the next few years. Shows sweet tannins and accessible flavors of wild blackberries, currants, herbs and smoky cedar.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate includes small quantities of Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Revealing a deep ruby/purple color, a big, intense, masculine mouthfeel, and plenty of power and tannin, it needs time to round into an accessible wine, but it shows good balance, structure, and purity.
*One Star* Well-defined Cabernet currants are teamed up with a nice bit of briary spice and top notes of vanilla in the deep and moderately intense nose of this immediately likeable wine, and its very solid, clean-as-can-be flavors are wholly consonant with the nose. It is supple and smooth with a trim bit of tannin, and it shows fine potential for a few years of growth.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, chocolatey oak and smoky minerality on the nose. Silky in texture, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of currant, graphite and chocolate. Finishes a bit low-toned, with building dusty tannins and plum and chocolate notes.