The Seven Stones 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting notes: It eschews the showy ripeness of some California reds, offering instead beautifully layered strata of dried cherry and boysenberry, earthy herbal notes of chaparral, deep mineral flavors, and exquisite tannins. Worth knowing: Winemaker Aaron Pott has come a long way from his first wines, which, he says, he began making in his family’s garage at the age of 10, with baking yeast and grape-juice concentrate. He has held various positions—assistant winemaker at Newton Vineyards in Napa Valley; head winemaker at Château Troplong Mondot and, later, Château La Tour Figeac, in France; and winemaker at Napa Valley’s Quintessa Estate. But he is perhaps best known for his boutique projects, the latest of which is Seven Stones Winery. Though production at Seven Stones Winery is small (the 2005 vintage yielded just 239 cases), the quality of Pott’s wines is astonishing.