This is an ambitious effort, made from a vineyard 1,100 feet up in the Mayacamas, on the Sonoma side, by the young winemaker Ryan Waugh. At his own label, Waugh Cellars, he has a mixed record with Cabernet. This is far better, a smooth, complex and polished wine. It’s a little soft, in the modern style, but delicious in blackberry, currant and chocolate flavors.
Six Degrees scored bigtime with their 2005 release of this single-vineyard Cab, but the ’06, while quite elegant, is a bit off the mark. Although it’s dry and balanced, with black currant and smoky oak flavors, it doesn’t have the richness of the ‘05. Drink now.