Friday, June 26, 2009

Ghost Block - 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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We enjoyed this wine with a friend of ours whose significant other owns a winery in the Napa Valley. All of us were blown away how fantastic this wine was. After several minutes of being poured, the wine opened up wonderfully.

Ghost Block vineyard is named in honor of Napa's ground breaking winemakers who rest in a tiny 150 year old cemetery on the north edge of Yountville. Blessed with perfect drainage and sunny exposure, Ghost Block Vineyard is a grand prize, passed down through a single family for over 100 years.
The fruit from this winery and their neighbors have been center of many of Napa’s cult status wines.Ghost Block is a winery that specializes in Cabernets from Yountville and Oakville, all of the vineyards are family owned and organically certified. Production is limited, with a large focus on using the best fruit to produce the wine.

Rob Lawson is the winemaker and mentions that 2006 growing season was extended and quite cool. The wine making team was extremely patient and let the fruit develop. The 2006 vintage has vivid and graceful notes of cherry, blackberry, tobacco, spice and roses. Once on the palate, the deep fruit explodes along with dark chocolate and hints of coffee. The finish is completed with toffee and orange. Aged 24 months in French oak, of which 60% are new barrels.

Costs: $55.00

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