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The 2006 vintage began with a rather late budbreak during an unseasonably cool and wet spring. March rains slowed shoot growth down considerably, and set the timer for a late harvest. After a fine May and June, much of July was a scorcher, including a 10 day stretch where every day saw temperatures over 90 degrees, and several days topped out at 110! Fortunately, the delayed development of the grapes kept sun scorch to a minimum. Extended ripening that lasted until the very end of October was accompanied by mild weather and promoted excellent flavor development, with the last of the grapes harvested October 31st.
Established in 1994, Rockaway is planted mostely to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but includes all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Rising up to an elevation of 750 fee, the land generally slopes northeast and southwest, with soils comprised of clay subsoil over fractured sandstone. This well-drained, low pH earth tends to encourage the production of small0berred clusters, ideal for making a bold, concentrated Cabernet SAuvignon with juicy red and black fruit character, and an elegantly round and seductive mid-palate.