2006 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
The grapes were grown in vineyards located in St. Helena, Rutherford, Calistoga, Yountville and Oak Knoll. The fruit was fermented at an average temperature of 85°F with gentle pump-overs for excellent flavor and color extraction. The wine was aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels for 19 months. Merlot increased texture and softness on the mid-palate and Malbec added complexity and additional layers of ripe fruit flavors to the wine.
BackgroundThis wine is a blend of some of the finest Bordeaux varietal grapes grown in Napa Valley including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wine is enjoyable upon release but traditionally also ages very well. The balance of fruit, structure and oak nuances defines this classic cabernet. This wine is also considered an excellent value for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Of one recent vintage, Wine Spectator wrote: “compare this to wines that sell for two to three times the price.”
DescriptionThe 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon displays graceful aromas of cherry, plum and vanilla. This stylish wine is captivating and delicious from the enticing aromas to the long, smooth finish. It’s a blend of lush fruit with aromas of deep blackberry, currant and toasted oak. With ample fruit, good weight in the mid-palate and velvety tannins, this beautifully balanced wine is ready to enjoy now, but worthy of aging for five to seven years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines7% Merlot; 5% Mlabec. There is a nice note of red cherry fruit at work in the ripe, slightly sweet nose of this wine, but fruit is all but absent in the puckery, very dry, acid-framed flavors that follow. The wine may smooth out over the next few years, but it is now and will in the future be defined by its sparseness, and aging thus becomes a moot point.
Decanter MagazineGold Medal Winner at 2010 Decanter World Wine Competition