Inspire Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
GOLD MEDAL winner in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Inspire 2006 is a once-only vintage as we could only source the George's Rutherford Vineyard grapes for one season.
In the glass Inspire shows a wonderful dark ruby color with a breathtaking sensual aroma offering an immediately pleasant sweet black fruit transforming to a dark plum flavor.
Much of the fruit in Inspire 2006 was sourced from the former Beaulieu Vineyard No. 3, now known as Vineyard Georges III, originally planted by Georges DeLatour in 1928 in the gravelly, loam soils of Rutherford. This vineyard was recently torn out for replant so dear old George's vineyard has ceased to exist and will only live on in this wine until gone.
NOTE: This wine has now exceeded our recommended bottle age period - if you still have one in your cellar, allow it to come to room temperature, carefully remove the cork and decant, without any splashing or bubbles. Taste immediately then let sit for 30 minutes and taste again. Continue tasting every 30 minutes until the wine is too good to wait any longer or until the wine is gone or the taster has fallen asleep. - Enjoy, Bill
845 cases produced. No allergens were used in the making of this wine.
The 2006 harvest finished in early November and will go down as a 'grower's year' as vintners were faced with a variety of challenges from New Year flooding to wet weather that continued late into spring delaying budbreak. By early June, the sun came out and vines began to bloom and set fruit. Mid-July presented a record-setting ten day heat wave, but the canopy had not yet been thinned because of the delayed season and young clusters were shaded from the hot sun. Most growers agreed that the heat helped catch the vines up to a "normal" place in the growing season. Somewhat cooler weather arrived in August and continued throughout harvest, allowing for moderately paced and deliberate ripening and a long harvest period. Cool weather dominated early October, with rain coming in the first week, but the white varieties were in and this presented no damage to the black varieties still on the vine.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.