2006 Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA - 375ml Half Bottle
Dark red with ruby tones; not as deep as the '05 or '04. Very dark aromas of cassis, licorice and cocoa powder are complicated by exotic dusty spices and Provençal herbs. Suave, pure and mouthfilling, with its fine-grained dark berry and spice flavors broadening on the back half. Boasts a lovely balance of sweet and savory qualities, with bright acidity and refined tannins giving the wine plenty of backbone for further leisurely evolution in bottle. Finishes with excellent building length. The late summer of 2006 was very hot but temperatures dropped sharply in mid-September, pushing the harvest mostly into October, according to Barrett. In my earliest note on this vintage, I found the wine a bit disjointed (Barrett described it shortly before bottling as "60% a superripe component from the rocks and hillside, while the other 40% was all pepper and no jam--very Bordeaux-like in style"), but it is harmonizing beautifully.
Rated 94 Points Vinous