2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Notes The inky, purple-black color of the 2006 Cabernet yields rich, bright fruit on the nose and is layered with ripe blackberry, red plum, cream, tobacco and anise aromas followed by juicy, ripe raspberry and rich, dark fruit flavors. Sweet tannins are nicely integrated and the wine ends with excellent structure, length and balance.
Grapes were harvested between September 26 – October 24, 2006 at an average 25.5° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged nineteen months in a combination of 50% new French and American oak barrels and 50% two-year-old oak. Coopers include Dargaud
Jaegle, Sylvain, Demptos, Taransaud, Vicard, Nadalié, Canton (American) and Kelvin (American).
The growing season in 2006 started slowly with bud break two weeks
behind the historical average. The season began with an abundance of moisture in the soil from the winter rains and the weather was fairly cool with a significant amount of cloud cover and periodic rain showers during the spring. April brought five inches of rain.
Bloom dates in 2006 were behind the average by one week yet conditions were excellent, yielding good fruit set. There was a record-setting 10-day heat wave near the end of July. Most blocks had an exceptionally long veraison period beginning in early August, particularly in the Petit Verdot and Merlot. This may have been an effect caused by the extreme temperatures in July during berry formation. During veraison we anticipated the forecasted cooler autumn and took this time to adjust the crop; green harvesting was implemented to ensure more even ripening.
90 Points - Wine & Spirits
Generous black currant and blackberry flavors fill this juicy cabernet. It’s lush and easy to enjoy on release, the gentle tannins ready to meld with rare prime rib. (Dec. 2009)
15.67 Points (Out of 16 Points) - Decanter
Rich, layered black fruits. Full, generous palate, complete, well-structured with good length. From 2010.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Phelps’ basic Cabernet bottling is dry and elegant and classically balanced. It displays rich flavors of blackberries, black currants and cedar, with notes of violets and herbs. Fancy and impressive now, but not a longterm ager. Through 2012. (Nov. 2009)
89 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Insistent and well-defined Cabernet fruit is met with a fair bit of briary spice and a full complement of very rich oak from this deeply filled wine’s moderately intense nose straight through to its gruff, decidedly tannic finish. Its frontal appeals noted, this is very much one for putting away . . . and will grow for a decade. (Aug. 2009)
88 Points - Wine Spectator
Tight and compact, with concentrated herb, dried currant, sage and savory, earthy notes. Rich and balanced, with good depth and structure. Best from 2010 through 2016. (Nov. 2009)
88 Points - International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Raspberry and lead pencil on the nose. Sweet and lush, with a slightly roasted quality to the fruit syrup flavors. (May/June 2009)
Blend and Grape Sources 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec from estate-owned vineyards (66%) and independent growers (34%).
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 26 - October 24, 2006
Aging/Cooperage 19 months in a combination of 50% new French and American oak barrels and 50% two-year-old oak. Coopers include Dargaud Jaegle, Sylvain, Demptos, Taransaud, Vicard, Nadalié, Canton (American) and Kelvin (American).