Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2006 Front Label
Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2006 Front Label

Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2006

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1500ML / 14.2% ABV
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1500ML / 14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

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.

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
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.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
CG 92
Connoisseurs' Guide
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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One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wine. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.

Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

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