According to winemaker Mike Trujillo, 2006 was about letting Mother Nature control the ripeness and tannins, allowing the delicate fruit flavours to express themselves. The 2006 HL Cabernet Sauvignon is a reflection of the uniqueness of the Herb Lamb Vineyards; it is basically a cool climate Howell Mountain foothills wine produced from rocky mountain soils with a north-east exposure giving true juicy, natural fruity character to these wines instead of emphasizing the heavy tannin extraction. Although rich with good structure and lots of layers and finesse, it’s more of a muscular vintage than an ultra-luxurious one. In the nose, this wine opens with aromas of dark cocoa and dried tobacco, then shows the bright black and red fruits typical of the hillside vineyard. It is very juicy in the mouth, with lots of layers and dimensions, and tastes like a mouthful of cherries and dark red berries. With aeration, the wine shows generous flavours of black cherry, currant and cocoa, with earth tones and a good finish.