2006 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 3 L
2006 was one of the wettest in recorded history on Spring Mountain reaching 100 inches in some areas. The cold wet winter delayed bud break to mid - late April and though the fairly warm spring conditions provided some catch up, bloom and veraison were also delayed resulting in a later than normal harvest. The summer conditions were similar to 2005 with average temperatures in June and warmer than normal conditions in July, but July was even more severe than the previous year with 13 days approaching or broaching the century mark, and one weekend that recorded temperatures of 114 and 110. Some sunburn resulted from these very hot days, but it was early in the growing season adn the vines responded with little or no damage. August and September were idyllic and maturation proceeded smoothly through those months setting up perfect harvest conditions in October and a bit into November.
Terra Valentine is blessed with two estate vineyards that capture the best of Spring Mountain - The Wurtele Vineyard and the Yverdon Vineyard. They are distinguished by a diversity of mountain terrain and vines that are well-adapted to the environment. While the mountain sites present challenges - including accessibility, diversity of soils, ripening, and hand labor - they reward the effort in wine filled with intense flavor and color. Each vineyard, with a unique set of soils, exposures, and micro-climates, produces a wine of distinction and personality reflecting the terroir of the estate. Our Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of both the Wurtele and Yverdon Vineyard Estates.
Our 2006 Spring Mountain District was picked from 14 different vineyard blocks over a period of 41 days in September/October. We used 85% Cabernet Sauvignon from our Wurtele Vineyard Estate, 10% Cabernet from our more recently planted Yverdon Vineyard Estate, 3% Merlot from Yverdon and 2% Cabernet Franc. The wine was fermented during an 31-day period with punch downs twice daily. We aged it for 22 months in French oak barrels, 33% of which were new.
The nose opens with bright fruit, currants, spice, bittersweet chocolate, cedar and lead . Jubilant fruit and bright cola berry follows with notes of caramel, dried fig and sweet cherry tannins. Will age nicely for the next 7-10 years.