Montes Napa Angel Aurelio's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Price: $90.00 $69.99
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Item No. 102610
  • WE97
  • CG92
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Napa Angel Aurelio´s Selection is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa regions of Oak Knoll and Yountville. The soil in these areas is predominantly gravel with a proportion of alluvial loam that helps to achieve harmonious and balanced wines. The climate during the 2006 vintage – moderately warm with cold nights – helped the development of ripe fruit flavors and deep color. Aurelio regularly visited the estates controlling and checking the full phenolic ripeness of the grapes. Yields were 2.5 tons per acre, hence the full-bodied character of the wine. The grapes were carefully selected and hand-picked.

After harvesting, the grapes were cold macerated for 10 days and then fermented for another 10 days. The wine went through a process of post fermentation skin contact. 80% of the wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels.

Full-bodied wine with firm, soft tannins. Deep and intense garnet red. Rich and harmonious with an integrated, mature and mellow fruit character that makes this wine elegant and silky and opulent at the same time. In the mouth-feel it has a lingering character given by the Oak Knoll and Yountville gravely terroirs. Generous fruit expression with hints of blackberries, plums and layers of black cherries. Velvety in the mid palate, with nuances of perfectly integrated French oak. Nice long finish. A wine to be aged for at least 15 years or to be enjoyed now.

Critical Acclaim

"Full-bodied wine with firm, soft tannins. Deep and intense garnet red. Rich and harmonious with an integrated, mature and mellow fruit character that makes this wine elegant and silky and opulent at the same time. In the mouth-feel it has a lingering character given by the Oak Knoll and Yountville gravely terroirs. Generous fruit expression with hints of blackberries, plums and layers of black cherries. Velvety in the mid palate, with nuances of perfectly integrated French oak. Nice long finish. A wine to be aged for at least 15 years or to be enjoyed now."
97 Points

"Chilean winemaker, Aurelio Montes, joins an elite crowd of high-achievers in Napa Valley with a stunning pair of new Cabernet releases. This, the winery's flagship bottling, is a substantial and serious wine by any and all measures, and its combination of concentrated curranty fruit, lavish oak and rich, loam and tobacco-leaf qualities will win loud applause from all who champion hedonistic, optimally ripened, fullflavored Cabs. For all of its up-front appeals, however, it is a solidly structured wine that cries out for age, and it is bound to get better for a decade or more."
92 Points

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