Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Heidi Barrett's mad winemaking skills have created four (count 'em) 100 point wines, including two as winemaker at Screaming Eagle (1992 and 1997).
At the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2000, a six liter bottle of 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon sold for the record setting price of a half million dollars. She's been doing this since she was 25, making her bones at one of my favorites, Franciscan Estates, under the tutelage of Justin Meyer.
La Sirena is her own label and the 2006 Cabernet is an exceptional wine. The palate is mild and belies this rich, gorgeous, layered, complex wine. Parker offered it a 91, which isn't shabby, but this is a better wine than that.
Mrs TWC remarked that she likes wine when it tastes like this. That is gold, my friends.
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color with aromas of black cherries, cola, cedar and spice, quite layered and complex. This wine has an extremely silky, velvety mouthfeel and flavors of black cherry, berry, and cassis. Hints of sweet toasty French oak add to the overall deliciousness of the wine. Wonderful purity and balance. The flavors and finish persist for several minutes. A beautiful wine that simply flows across the palate.Yum! (A technical term)
None of us will be drinking the La Sirena as our house wine. A magnum, which is traditionally two/fifths of a gallon, fetches $450.00 at the winery. Buy six, and they ship it in a wooden box. A nice, nostalgic touch. If you are paying attention your might find the La Sirena for as little as $75.00 American, but I've seen it for more than double that.
La Sirena is perfect for an intimate dinner for two. It pairs nicely with the usual suspects, Chateaubriand, juicy grilled filet mignon, or lamb.