2006 Winter Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2006 Winter Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

94 Points Wine Advocate, 2007
94 Points Wine Advocate, 2010
92 Points Wine Spectator

Customer Ratings

Based on 165 ratings
Wow.

Just doesn't get better than this one. Loved it from the first taste, coincdentally arrived same day as the new firepit. Talk about a perfect pairing. Buy all you can get your hands on.

Outstanding

Needed to breath for a bit, then opened nicely and drank beautifully, the hit of the evening.

Sorry Orson, I drank this wine before its time

I wanted something special the other evening after another 12-hour workday and with a prime NY strip waiting for me. Popped and poured this little gem. Although I was not dissapointed in the least, it was clear that this wine deserves more bottle age and a good decant; I will wait on my remaining bottles. However, this wine came alive in the glass after an hour or so and the remainder, drunk 3 days later, was even better and showed the potential this wine has. All the components are there and in place, and one's patience will be amply rewarded. Glad I bought more when accorded the opportunity - thanks Wine Access!

Other Vintages of Winter Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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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