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2006 Swanson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Salon Select, Oakville, 750ml

Wine Specs

Vintage 2006
Appellation Oakville
Vineyard/Special Designation Napa Valley
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol content 14.8%
Bottling Date May 2008
Release Type Current

2006 Salon Cabernet Sauvignon

$135.00   per 750ml bottle

The 2006 Swanson Oakville Salon Selection Cabernet Sauvignon confirms that Cabernet from a top Napa vineyard is seriously excellent in a good vintage. Aromas of super-ripe blackberry, crème de cassis and espresso. The mouth is very well structured, with firm, ripe, silky tannins. Generous in the mouth, with surprising balance, considering how big this wine is.

Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes
This wine was sourced exclusively from our favorite blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot at the historic Schmidt Ranch Vineyard, located on benchland in Oakville on the western side of the Valley, along the Mayacamas Mountains. The well-drained alluvial soils consistently produce a small crop of very intense, concentrated fruit.

Winemaker Notes
Cabernet vines at the Schmidt Ranch were naturally balanced in 2006, requiring almost no intervention on our part to adjust the canopy or the crop level. Ample rain over winter 2005-2006 gave the vines a strong, early budbreak. A moderately warm spring encouraged good early growth. Fruit development, from flowering through veraison, was very even. Heat spikes in late July and early August were tempered by cooler weather for final ripening. Conditions in October were perfect for harvesting the grapes precisely when flavor, acid and tannin ripeness dictated.