2006 CHEMIN DE TERRE
The opening bouquet of this deeply-colored, brilliantly garnet wine from the Rogue Valley is full of berries (boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries), Bing cherries, coffee, cocoa and tobacco. With aeration, aromas of plums, pepper, truffles, minerals and cedar emerge. In the mouth, the succulent flavors mirror the aromatics without compromising the wine's serious nature. A classic tannin/fruit balance gives shape and elegance to the wine while good acidity promises some ageing ability. These big 2006 wines were aged in barrel for 18 months and then aged an additional 15 months in bottle and will drink well now and for another five to ten years.