2006 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Nose There are complex notes of blackberry tart, clove, cinnamon, and cocoa, along with dried black currants.
Palate The mouth has a soft supple entry, youthful crisp acidity, juicy plum and rich bright red fruit notes.
Finish Loads of fine grain tannin and an under-layer of dried black currant.
The 2006 growing season was mild with greater than average spring rains. From veraison through the first half of harvest, the Estate saw a lot of heat and drying winds. In mid-September a cold snap hit that virtually halted harvest for close to two weeks. The second half of the harvest that followed was significantly cooler and the fruit that came in then reflected that.