The 2006 Hill Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon passed the Texas test with flying colors. Since we're officially in the winter-that-won't-die, Charlotte picked up some spicy pork tamales from Tommy Tamales the other day. We paired the 2006 Cab with the tamale main course one frosty evening and gave this delicious red a run for its money.
According to winemakers Doug Hill and Alison Doran, the 2006 Hill Family Cabernet Sauvignon combines the best of the Hill Family's Beau Terre Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District, with its plush black cherry boysenberry fruit, and the Atlas Peak Cabernet, with its finesse and tannic structure and hints of sage and native brambly character.
Nose: Elegant blackberry and black cherry with wild sage notes which come from the Atlas Peak Mountain area.
Palate: Still young and lively up front, with long deep flavors of black cherry and cassis that are developing nicely. A hint of sage and cedar give it elegance and there is just enough mountain tannin to be savory and structured.
What I Like About It
The 2006 Hill Family Estate Cabernet had a rich, dusty flavor that's dense but very approachable. Nice plumy finish with notes of black pepper and tobacco.
What I Ate With It
Where I Got It
From my good friends at the Hill Family Estate Winery in beautiful Napa Valley, CA.
Wines are rated on a scale of one-five corks. A one-cork wine is good for killing fire ants; five-cork wines are reserved for sharing with your very best friends or drinking whenever you have a good day.