Vintage 2006
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert

Cabernet Sauvignon 93% | Cabernet Franc 4% | Merlot 3%

Release Date March 2009 | ALC. 14.1%

Tasting Notes

Vivid aromas of red currant, black plum, cassis, mocha and leather introduce this wine. The palate emphasizes balance, with round supple tannins wrapped around layers of blackberry, espresso and black truffle. A lengthy finish of spiced plum, dark chocolate and roasted coffee completes this classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Vineyard Notes

Cabernet has always been a mainstay in the winemaking program at Stags’ Leap Winery. Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a combination of estate fruit and grapes from select Napa Valley growers. Much of the estate vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon where deep, well-drained, loamy volcanic soils make this a perfect place to grow Cabernet.

Vintage Notes

The 2006 growing season started out slowly with a cool, rainy spring and slightly delayed bud break. Warm summer months kept harvest on track by gradually advancing fruit maturity and the moderate temperatures continued into harvest, allowing the Cabernet to achieve ripeness of flavor and tannin without compromising natural acidity. Harvest progressed perfectly, and aroma, tannin, and flavor profile for this vintage is truly exceptional.

Winemaking Notes

The fruit was hand-picked in small bins and each lot was fermented separately in a combination of open and closed top fermentors to maximize concentration and extraction in the finished wine. The wine was aged in 100 percent French oak barrels (50 percent new) for 24 months, and the final blend was assembled one year into the aging process to give the wine a chance to marry before bottling. Bottled in January 2009.

 

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