Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
#20 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
The HALL "Kathryn Hall" Cabernet Sauvignon stands as the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon in our collection. The 2006 vintage was sourced predominately from our Sacrashe Vineyard and captures the deep, dusty essence of this legendary Rutherford hilltop site. We harvested on an early October morning, carrying the prize fruit to our HALL Rutherford winery where it was gravity-fed into our signature fermentation tanks. Native yeast, malolactic fermentations and unfiltered bottling has encouraged a highly nuanced wine with special character and graceful evolution both in the glass and in the cellar.
Dense inky-purple to the core, this wine delivers a stunning nose of effusive, high-toned exotic fruits, truffle, blackberry jam and crushed stone minerality. On the palate, an empyreal richness and densely sweet texture seems to go on forever. Proper cellaring will assure 10-15 years of enjoyment.
Wine Spectator - " A big, dense, concentrated wine, with wonderful aromas marked by chewy tannins, yet the core currant and blackberry flavors and savory herb and earth nuances provide a solid foundation. Best from 2010 through 2016."
Wine Enthusiast - "Outstanding for its purity, and the incredibly fine tannins, not to mention the compelling flavors. Black and red cherries, currants, cola, mushrooms, cedar, anise and spice flavors mingle into a long, rich finish. So balanced and elegant. Made from 95% Sacrashe Vineyard fruit, in the Rutherford AVA."
The Wine News - "Intense black-garnet hue. Attractive, fruit-driven bouquet emitting fresh black cherry and blueberry with hints of flint, charcoal and clove. Creamy black cherry fruit imbued with youthful yet even tannins and fresh acidity. A stalwart Napa Cab displaying excellent length and purity of fruit."
The Wine Advocate - "Medium to full-bodied with a more aggressive structure [than the 2005] as well as a more noticeable astringency to the tannins, but with the necessary depth of fruit and concentration for balance."
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Hall Wines is located in Napa Valley and employs organic small-vine viticulture, precision winemaking, wild-yeast fermentation and micro-block blending to fully extract the purity and quintessence of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Their estate vineyards encompass more than 300 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The Halls have a strong respect for the environment and a commitment to cutting edge technology to yield the highest quality grapes. Through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards, Hall wines are able to express the unique and diverse character of Napa Valley's soils and climate. View all Hall Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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2 ratings, 1 with reviewIB - San Diego, CA510/7/2011Jon Tyler - Bristol, RI53/19/2010The Hall cab to me feels and tastes just perfect... almost buttery... such a fantastic mouth feel... and the finish leaves you partially speechless before your next sip. I found Hall to be something I'd be proud to give as a gift... and I'd hope it would be the wine I'd receive as one!! Bravo Kathryn Hall!!Related Products
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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