2006 Monticello Vineyards Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
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Our Vintage 2006 MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon is very nicely textured with just a slight grip of tannins on the finish which will soften after a year or two in the bottle. The fruit component is dark – black berry fruits and cigar box aromas with dark bittersweet chocolate flavors.
If you like your Cabs ‘big’ this wine is ready is ready to drink now. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from our Tietjen and State Lane Vineyards, which produce the big concentrated Cabs that we love. For this Jefferson Cuvee, we blended in some of the excellent Merlot that we grow on our Knollwood Vineyard.
If you like them a little tamer, this wine will drink well through December 21, 2012.
Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard – Yountville, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon Tietjen Vineyard on Niebaum Lane – Rutherford, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon Yewell Vineyard on Elhers Lane – St Helena, Napa Valley
Cabernet Franc Home Ranch Vineyard – Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
Merlot Knollwood Vineyard – Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
Syrah Knollwood Vineyard – Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
Cuvee 75% Cabernet Sauvignon / 25% Merlot
2006 was another great year for our Cabernet Sauvignon, much like the preceding vintage, 2005. Due to the moderate weather late in the season, we were able to let the grapes just hang on the vines and continue to develop, without worrying about the sugars increasing. It’s a great situation that doesn’t happen every year. I think it allowed us to naturally achieve some great flavors in the vineyard.