2006 COMPANION
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Tannat

2006 COMPANION
Initial Release Price $45

"The 2006 Companion is the most opulent and sexiest wine of this (red wine) trio. Full-bodied with plenty of smoked meat, black cherry, black currant, licorice, and incense characteristics, it is a complex, dense, chewy, rich effort that demonstrates that Paso Robles’ finest reds are often blends rather than single varietal offerings. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years.” Robert Parker, June 2008

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This wine is our representation of Bordeaux meets Rhone Valley. This wine emphasizes the balance and appeal that the addition of Paso Robles-grown Rhone varieties such a Syrah, Mourvedre and Tannat can offer to benefit their Bordeaux cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Cabernet for our Companion is grown in a small estate vineyard off Peachy Canyon Road in West Paso Robles. The highly calcareous soils put the vines in a tailspin as they struggle to produce fruit. The 2006 yield of Cabernet for this blend was under 2-tons per acre. The Syrah, Mourvedre and Tannat all come from West Paso Robles vineyards producing under 3-tons of fruit per acre.

Rated as one of the 2009 top 100 wines by The San Francisco Chronicle

"Big, oak-lashed and opulent, this is the latest name to know among Paso's high-performing blends (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre, Tannat). Deep cherry fruit gets an edge from cured tobacco leaf scents and a meaty bite. Decant it."

Wine Profile
Awards
2009 Top 100 Wines - San Francisco Chronicle
Wine Specs
Vintage
2006
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon / Syrah Blend
Appellation
Paso Robles
Alcohol %
15
Robert Parker
90
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