Barnett Rattlesnake Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
A dark deep purple wine, the 2006 Rattlesnake is true to its mountain roots, exhibiting pure violet and deep cassis. The complex nose continues with baking chocolate, fennel and deep dark volcanic earth. With time more intense black berry fruit begins to emerge. The wine is full bodied on entry after which the youth of the wine is evident from the full chalky tannins and beautifully balanced acid. The mid-palette is full of black currant anise and pepper as well as black mountain earth. This is a true classic example of great Spring Mountain Cabernet. Enjoy this wine over the next 12-18 years.
"This is a tremendous Cabernet Sauvignon, but be warned, it’s so tannic, it makes your tongue curl. That’s what mountain grapes, grown at 2,000 feet with low yields and small berries, do. Such is the core of black currants, however, that aging is not a problem. With its dryness, intensity and overall balance, it should easily negotiate the next decade. Really displays Napa mountain Cab at its best. "
"Black-garnet hue with a fuchsia rim. Aromas of black cherry and chocolate fudge with a wisp of chalkiness. Muscular and warming with layers of black cherry, graphite and fine-grain wood tannins. Dusty, mineral-laden finish with a plethora of promising red and black fruit."
The Wine News
"From the estate vineyard (planted at a 2,000 foot elevation), the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill exhibits classic aromas of black raspberries, blueberries, and the mountain fruit spectrum, very good acidity, a noticeable wet rock-like minerality, and a powerful core of rich fruit backed up by sweet, ripe, well-integrated tannin. This big wine should age nicely for 15 or more years. "
The Wine Advocate
"The very deep, slightly loamy, distinctly curranty, oak-enriched aromas of this substantial offering are long on keenly defined Cabernet character, and the wine follows up with layered, incisively varietal flavors that, while conveying a fine sense of ripeness, are never heavy or overdone. Big-bodied, yet nicely balanced and already sporting glimmers of suppleness that will become more evident with time, it ends with a note of gruff finishing tannins making the case for at least another five years of patience."
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Barnett Vineyards is located at the top of Spring Mountain with spectacular views of the Napa Valley 1700' below. Founded in 1983 by Fiona and Hal Barnett, this rocky mountainside is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon and the blending varietals of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 1984, the first vines were planted in terraced rows with total plantings numbering fourteen acres by 1988. The vines yield an average of less than two tons of fruit per acre resulting in rich, intense wines that have become synonymous with the Barnett name.
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