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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 108392)
collectible wine


PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ideal weather and low yields produced highly extracted and wellstructured Cabernet Sauvignon in 2006. The crop yields and vine growth were kept in good balance and the ripening season provided ample flavor and tannin development. The cool weather during harvest allowed us to make more precise harvest timing decisions as the vines ripened the fruit at a slow and deliberate pace. The resulting wines have good concentration and tannin integrity, and a sense of balanced ripeness.

This opulent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with generous aromas of blueberry, blackberry and cassis that lead to layers of black licorice and mocha. The wine has the signature style of Etude with depth and richness of fruit and a velvety texture. There's a wonderful saturation and expansiveness on the palate with flavors of black cherry,black tea, clove and vanilla bean notes from aging in French oak. The tannins are youthful and plush, which will allow this wine to age gracefully.

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About Etude Wines:

The underlying philosophy at Etude Wines is that winemaking begins in the vineyard, long before the grapes are harvested. Winemaker, Jon Priest, believes that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker and results in a wine that is grown, not made. Etude specializes in two classic red varieties: Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Though modeled on the best from Burgundy to Bordeaux, these wines speak clearly of their contemporary California origins, combining rich, ripe fruit with an elegant and opulent mouth feel.