2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon • Estate Vineyards
California: Oak Knoll District (Napa)
The Lion's Roar
The 2006 Ideology Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley shows off a classic Napa style, with great balance, deep fruit and a deliciously concentrated flavor that reminds us why Napa Cabs are king.
If you love big and robust wines that also play well with food, this is a great wine to add to your cellar. Drinking beautifully now, this wine will only continue to develop beautifully for the next several years.
We paired ours with a somewhat challenging food - and it held up beautifully. Chorizo tamales with fresh cilantro and tomato salsa was absolutely delicious with the wine, neither overpowering the other. In fact, they provided lovely support for the other.
Decant this wine for 30 minutes or more, and be rewarded with more natural (authentic) fruits and a softer feel.
Deep, nearly inky scarlet at the center of the glass, with just a hint of a lighter red ruby fringe.
Bold intensity with aromas of earthy cherry, blackberry underpinned by a base of smoky sweet-woods and soft exotic spices. As it opens up, the slightly perfumed nose reveals a hint of licorice and subtle fresh salad herbs
A delicious balance of earthly fruit with ripe tart cherry, blackberry and dark plum, against well integrated notes of earthiness of smoky cedar and soft spice
Long, soft, and luxurious, with lingering flavors of dark berries and earthen notes, supported by the wines plush tannins.
Cajun spiced roasted salmon filet, served alongside roasted asparagus.
What the Winery Says
The fruit for this wine was harvested exclusively from our estate vineyard in Napa Valley. Cold soaked for four days prior to fermentation, barrel aged for 19 months in 100% French Oak, with minimal intervention, this voluptuous wine is classic in style while still showing its California heritage.
Formally educated in enology and winemaking at the University of Bordeaux, our winemaker, Brian Graham, worked and was mentored at Chateau Roquefort. He went on to further his studies at the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London, after which time he worked for a boutique winery in Burgundy, Domaine Serrigny-Jean-Pierre and Fils in Savigny-Les-Beaune. These two experiences gave him the foundation for creating balanced, terroir-driven wines that are meant to be original, complex and age-worthy.
- Brian Graham
- 94 Points - Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis
- Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
- 19 months in French oak
About the Winery
Ideology was born from our sheer passion for wine and for the Napa Valley. Aside from the science of wine making, our senses define the direction of our wines. Our commitment and dedication to creating handcrafted, world class wines that thrill and delight the senses is the basis of our philosophy.
We’re not sure exactly how or when it happened … whether it could be defined by a precise moment in time, or whether it was a gradual revelation - but it happened. Joni and I fell in love with the beautiful, idyllic Napa Valley wine country. Our love affair went beyond the vineyard covered countryside. We fell in love with the people … the way of life … the lush, provocative, boutique wines we discovered off the beaten path and, of course, the winemaking process itself. We were hooked.
Fast forward to today, where we proudly nurture our grapes on our estate vineyard, the Robert Williamson Family Estate. Our meticulously hand harvested fruit is then lovingly made into wine at our multi-winery facility, Silenus Vintners. It is here that Ideology Cellars’ wines are served in a beautiful tasting room along with thirteen other boutique wines produced by families with stories similar to ours. We are proud to have made the transition from a coastal, custom home builder family, to Napa Valley vintner – and we haven’t looked back. We invite you to visit us and enjoy our wines in the tasting room, or perhaps catch us for a barrel tasting in the cellar. Whichever your pleasure, we look forward to sharing our wines with you.