2006 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Happy Canyon

The Astral label is Star Lane's top production reserve wine and comes from the highest elevation vineyards at their Happy Canyon estate.  This wine is deep in color and trumpets a pure and linear nose that has showy red and blue fruits. The palate is rich and immediately shows good tannins backed by a huge palate of deep purple fruits and red cherry candy with a viscous tar stripe and white pepper running through it.  The structure is huge and formidable, and the wine is layered and nuanced.

At the time of this writing, (late 2010) this wine hasn't yet been released.  The current vintage for the Astral label is the 2005, and it makes sense once you try the 05 and 06 next to each other; the 05 shows a beautiful and delicate bouquet which indicates to me that these wines are not only built to age, but are developing spectacular secondary notes in the bottle.  I would keep an eye on these wines for years to come, and strongly advise thinking about getting a few for your own cellar...

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