Thursday, November 12, 2009

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

This was my favorite from the first flight at the Snooth Cabernet tasting last week. Initially, beautiful dark ripe blackberry aromas assault together with wafts of berries, and hints of vanilla, spices and cassis.

Structured tannins and a chewy, brambly mouth feel, give way to more black fruits expressed to the end with a long enjoyably candied finish. 15% alcohol and $16.99

Winery notes:

Varietal Composition:
80% Cabernet Sauvignon
12% Merlot
3% Cabernet Franc
3% Malbec
1% Petit Verdot
1% Syrah

Napa Valley

Grape Sourcing:
42% from the Oakville AVA, with the majority of that (35%) from Robert Mondavi Winery’s To Kalon Vineyard, 25% from Stags Leap District AVA (12% from our Wappo Hill Vineyard), the remaining third from other select Napa Valley vineyards

Winemaking Notes:
• Harvested in cool morning hours
• Fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak tanks
• 25 days of maceration (skin contact) to soften tannins
• Barrel-to-barrel racking to develop flavors
• 14 months of aging in French oak château barrels (20% new oak)

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