New Year’s Day
2006 started the year off with vineyards and roads submerged on the
valley floor as Northern California experienced torrential rainfall
the last few days of 2005. Many valley floor vineyards along the
Napa River required trellis system repair and debris removal.
Seemingly destructive, flooded vines are dormant at the time and by
early spring emerge from a winter of inactivity, ready to produce
the next year’s crop. By mid-summer, heat spells that broke records
had passed and the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean moderated
temperatures, allowing a gradual ripening and the chance to develop
delightful flavors, aromas and intensity in our grapes. Harvest was
interrupted briefly by some brief, light October rain which we love
to see for our Cabernet. A little rain allows the vines to finish
that last bit of maturation giving the fruit more flavor and a
better texture in the tannins.
This vintage has pronounced mountain fruit intensity. Complex
aromas of dark fruit, spice and balanced oak notes were described
in our production tasting as wonderfully mysterious. In addition to
the classic Cabernet characters of black cherry, blackberry and
cassis, we find black licorice, star anise, coriander and bay leaf
Starting with a ripe, bold mouth-feel, there is a complexity to
this vintage that we love. Ripe fruit, cherry candy and floral
characters linger as layers of fruit continue to reveal themselves.
There is an earthy, mature tannin texture from the Rutherford Dust
and mountain vineyards that contribute to create a bitter-sweet
cocoa powder taste and feel. Also lingering in the background is a
baked or caramelized sugar note that adds to the long finish.
Another fine example of what 100% Napa Cabernet Sauvignon can
produce: a delicious wine after the proper barrel and bottle aging
and a great candidate for cellar aging.
Harvest Dates: September 20 – October 31, 2006
Vineyard Locations: Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder,
Rutherford, St. Helena
Barrel Aged 22 Months
82% New French Oak
Bottled September 15, 2008
100% Napa Valley
100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Organically Grown Grapes
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