Vintage Notes: 2006 was one of the wettest seasons in recorded history on Spring Mountain, reaching 100 inches in some areas. The cold, wet winter delayed bud break to Mid/Late April and although 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. August and September were idyllic and maturation proceeded smoothly through those months setting up perfect harvest conditions in October and a bit into November.
Vineyard Notes: In 2001, Terra Valentine began the 2nd phase of our development: The renovation of the historic Yverdon Vineyard. Named after an ancient merchant town in Switzerland, Yverdon (pronounced ee-ver-dun) was the name of the winery site that Angus and Margaret Wurtele purchased in 1999 to become Terra Valentine. With the help of our vineyard management team and renowned consultants, we selected specific clones and rootstocks ideal to our soil types and elevation. We planted eight acres of cabernet sauvignon and one acre of merlot at an elevation of 2000 feet located only yards away from Villa Valentine. 2004 was our first harvest from this vineyard.
Tasting Notes: Sage, bay cedar, and black currant mingle with smooth fruit and fresh blackberries. Notice how the brightness of this wine complements the full, plush mid-palate and fine, silt-like tannins that lend to the superb mouth-feel and exceptional balance. Estimated maturity: 2012-2020