2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Merryvale Estate, Stagecoach, Vineyard X, Georges III, Las Amigas, ToKalon
- Triple Sorted
- Extended maceration
- Aged 25 months in French oak (70% new)
- Minimal handling; only racked twice
Aged 25 months in French oak (70% new)
14.9% by volume
This big cabernet will improve for the next ten years and hold for many after; decant in its youth.
Our Napa Cabernet received choice lots from our Estate Vineyard located in the hills high above St. Helena, as well as fruit from other top Napa vineyards, including Stagecoach and ToKalon. The fruit was hand-picked and triple sorted before undergoing extended maceration for increased flavor and color. The wine was aged for 25 months in 70% new French oak, with minimal handling.
The 2006 vintage has been described as a “growers” year by some vintners. After a late bud break due to an unseasonably cool spring, the Napa Valley experienced a record setting heat wave in July which allowed the grapes to catch up in ripening. An ideal mild weather pattern came in August and an “Indian Summer” followed into October allowing for slow and even ripening resulting in acids and sugars in perfect harmony.
Our 2006 Napa Cabernet is dark purple in color with aromas of violets, cassis framed by cedar and vanilla. The mouthfeel is focused with fine tannins and a long finish. We recommend pairing this wine with a prime Rib-Eye steak off the grill.