2006 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Duality in nature is everywhere – night & day, birth & death, you get the picture – but it isn’t very often that you get two distinctive phenomena at the same time. That duality is the most prominent feature of the 2006 harvest in that we saw both warm vintage and cool vintage characteristics in the same year, and nowhere was that more pronounced than here on the Montelena Estate.

A beautiful, classic wine with loads of berry fruit, an earthy character, and a spicy, pure, rich finish.

ROBERT M. PARKER, JR.
vintage weather

The 2006 growing season was mild, with greater than average spring rains, and then 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. The great part is that we got the best of both worlds – power, intensity, and ripe jammy flavors from the first half, balance, elegance, and more subtle notes from the second half. All of this resulted in a wine that has a lot of interest, broad appeal, and the structure to last for decades to come.

tasting notes

The 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an enticing deep garnet red color in the glass. On the nose there are complex notes of blackberry tart, clove, cinnamon, and cocoa, along with dried black currants. The mouth has a soft supple entry, youthful crisp acidity, juicy plum and rich bright red fruit notes, all complemented by loads of fine grain tannin and an under-layer of dried black currant.

After a special July 2010 tasting, wine journalist Laurie Daniel published her notes on this vintage: "Offers lively flavors of black cherry, spice and mocha and fine tannins."

Harvest Date September 30 to October 27
Sugar At Harvest 25.6 brix
Blend 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc
Barrel Aging 18 months
Bottling Date August 2007
Release Date Spring 2010
Cases Produced 9,440