2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2006 growing season started out with an unusually wet spring that pushed rains all the way into June (great for the health of the vines). This was followed by a relatively cool early summer period that was characterized by fog rolling up-valley almost every morning into July. We then experienced our normal pattern of heat spikes before a late July cool down. Heat resumed in earnest during August and September, accelerating the ripening of some of the cabernet blocks. We began the red harvest at a pace that quickly filled up the winery, keeping us at capacity for nearly 24 hours. The heat finally broke in early October, and with that retreat in temperatures the harvest came to a virtual halt for the first two weeks of October. Following that cool spell and benefiting from the extended hang-time, the last of the cabernet blocks were harvested before Halloween.

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vintage weather

The effect of this was a split personality vintage with two distinct phases, each with markedly different characteristics. The early phase was dominated by heat and intensity, while the second phase was much cooler in character. The first phase gave us concentration and firm tannins, while the second phase provided the grapes longer hang time and delivered fruit with a softer more elegant profile. Essentially we experienced the best of both worlds all in one vintage, thus yielding a complex and beautifully balanced wine

tasting notes

Dark rich ruby in color, this wine offers rich, complex aromas of ripe dark cherry, sweet chocolate, cinnamon, pie spice, and leather, with top notes of rose and forest floor. In the mouth this wine makes a full soft round entry, after which the acid builds nicely to make it very juicy and inviting. Loads of fine grain tannin completes the mouthfeel, with berry patch, fruit stand flavors dominating. Nice notes of clove and toasted oak round out the tremendous long finish that will keep you coming back for more. This is a very well balanced wine that will age well and pair beautifully with a wide array of foods

Harvest Date Cabernet Sauvignon: Sept. 27 to Oct. 28/Merlot: Sept. 19 to Sept. 29
Sugar At Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon: 24.8° brix; Merlot: 25.2° brix
Blend 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc
Bottling Date March 2008
Release Date Fall 2009
Cases Produced 16,158
Alcohol 14.1%