2006 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley

2006 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley

2006 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley

 
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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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Producer Facts

Winery Name

  • Chateau Montelena

Web Site

  • http://montelena.com/

Ownership/Management

  • James P. "Bo" Barrett

Area Under Vine: 120 Acres

Wines Made: Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Montelena, Estate Zinfandel, Potter Valley Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

Terroir: For example, nutrient levels and water holding capacity vary greatly among the three soil origins that comprise the Estate vineyard: volcanic, alluvial, and sedimentary. These areas are, in turn, crisscrossed by 5 different classified soil types: Bale, Cole, Cortina, Pleasanton, and Kidd. Add a topographic variation, like an elevated hillside or a level valley floor location, and you have a three-dimensional decision matrix. Once we understand each particular site, we can proceed to sustainable grape growing.

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