Bright clear garnet out to slightly bricking edges. Great clean dark-fruit nuances with Christmas spices, baked bread, some old-world funk, steely wet cellar floor. Over-all, just clean, pure slightly-roasted fruit. Somewhat thin in the mouth, and crisp acidity tell a story of not-over-ripe, classic Napa Valley–err: Rutherford–provenance. No overt oak, thankfully. Tiny little mint and eucalyptus. Not to many signs of polish even yet on this bottle. Chewy, bitter tannins punctuate the wet-leather and cigar-smoke finish. The structure will probably out-last the fruit on this one, but I will be eagerly monitoring this progress with its 11 brothers and sisters over the next decade. It is not going to go away quickly. This is clearly wine made in a classic house style and not created in a lab for the tourist palate. How refreshing! No indication of blend on label.
2006 SAWYER CELLARS Meritage Rutherford Bradford Napa Valley 14.0