A number of hillside vineyards comprise the backbone of this 2006 Robin K. Cabernet Sauvignon, especially fruit from the Weinstock Vineyard at the extreme north end of Dry Creek Valley, the Boeck Family Vineyard from Riebli Valley (to the northeast of Santa Rosa), and Stromberg Vineyard deep in the western hills of the Dry Creek appellation. As usual with our Robin K. blends, small amounts of the other major Bordeaux varietals were blended to make the wine a seamless whole, from entry through to finish. Traditional winemaking techniques were used on all the blend components, and included hand picking and sorting, gentle crushing to maximize whole berries in the fermenter, and extraction with both irrigated pumpovers and punchdowns at least three times daily. Most of the lots underwent extended maceration, where the grapes remained in contact with the wine for up to six weeks, augmenting the wine’s structure and depth. The master blend was racked quarterly during aging in French oak, nearly 30% of it new, for twenty-two months. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, black cherry, cigar box, caramel and creamy vanilla bean lead into the intense flavors, supple tannins, and lengthy finish.