2006 Palazzo (cali) Napa Valley Red Wine

2006 Palazzo (cali) Napa Valley Red Wine

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

94 Points Wine Advocate

Customer Ratings

Based on 102 ratings
Great Blend

One of the best blends I have ever drank. Should hold up for a number of years. Very important to decant before consuming.

Classic, fruit forward Napa Valley meritage. Rich bouquet of berries, and just enough bell pepper to arouse an interest. Layers of more dark fruit, vanilla, and toasted oak precede a satisfying, but brief finish. Tasted the 2004 prior tyo this with less impressive results. It would seem this wine presents itself better, younger. First tasting (of 2006 vintage) was paired with classic charcoal grilled NY strip steak and broccolini.

Napa Valley 2006

The 2006 vintage was not the easiest for Napa growers, as a wide range of issues demanded careful management of the vineyards. It started as winter flooding, and wet weather pushed back bud break — spring botrytis was a problem. Things heated up in June and July, and shatter was a problem, but the pace of ripening also caught up somewhat in the warm conditions. August cooled off a bit, allowing the pace of ripening to continue at a good clip, and conditions remained sound through the harvest. Cool temperatures arrived in October, with a little rain in the first week, and mold was a concerns. Late-ripening Cabernet struggled somewhat to achieve perfect physiological ripeness, and while the vintage has produced some very good to excellent wines, it is a bit more variable than the stellar years that surround it.

Key Dates

June
Conditions warmer than average

July
Conditions warmer than average

August
Coolest of the summer months

October
Slight rain at the start of the month

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