Wine Spectator - A powerful, concentrated style with a potent minty-oregano component, turning dry and chewy, with dried currant, sage and dried herb flavors. Very raw, with hard tannins.
Robert Parker - From a vineyard on Pritchard Hill, this 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is packed and stacked with blueberry and blackberry fruit interwoven with graphite and earth characteristics. However, a wall of tannin in the finish raises some concerns about when it will hit its full stride. There is enough depth and concentration to support the wine’s structure, but this is a broodingly backward, forboding style of wine that requires 3-4 years of bottle age.
It was with mixed emotion that we received the news that our friends at Versant Vineyards sold their spectacular Pritchard Hill vineyard. Nestled in Napa Valley's eastern mountain range, their immediate neighbors include Colgin, Bryant Family, and David Arthur. You'd be excused if you never heard of them though, as most of the fruit each vintage was sold to Lewis Cellars for blending into their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($120/bottle) and as a main component for their ultra-premium Cuvee 'L' ($200/bottle). But since 1999, Versant has been holding back some of their best grapes for bottling under their own label. Made by Robbie Meyer, formerly with Peter Michael and Lewis Cellars, this has been one of our favorite under-the-radar California Cabs. But due to the microscopic production, we've never had much to offer. And despite very little press on the wine, we always sell out quickly to its loyal followers.
But the wine is no more…
Tim Mondavi, who recently developed his own label, Continuum, started to acquire land on Pritchard Hill to give his new project a home. Needing an anchor vineyard of pedigree, he made Versant owner Richard Martin a deal he couldn't refuse. Continuum Cabernet, by the way, sells for $200/btl.