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Snooth User: VegasOenophile

A little Napa birdie told me about 2006

Posted by VegasOenophile, Dec 23, 2009.

He said that the drought in Napa and Sonoma has produced an outstanding vintage in 2006. I have tasted a few and if the Duckhorn cab is any indication, there will be some truly tremendous wines in all areas of the price spectrum. Has anyone else heard this?

The advice is to buy 2006 far and wide. The reviewers are liking the 2006 Opus One. I think many times Opus is overpriced and overrated, but sometimes, it's great. I may get the 2006.

So get out shopping and buy some 2006 wines from Napa/Sonoma. Then, review and report on what you find! Buy them up, unless you live in Vegas. Then I'll have to beat you down for them.


Reply by VegasOenophile, Dec 27, 2009.

The 06 Duckhorn merlot was also fantastic! Any 06s drunk yet to report on folks?

Reply by spmommy2, Dec 31, 2009.

I just moved to Sonoma County and I would have to concur that 2006 wines are AWESOME right now. Just picked up a Rodney Strong Alexander Vally Cab that was out of this world for $17:

I also have to say that basically anytime I am shopping I pick the 2006 over a 2007...even the Kirkland's brand at Costco is fabulous.

Reply by John Andrews, Dec 31, 2009.

I would have to agree that the 06 vintage is pretty much good all around northern California. However, I would not underestimate the 07 vintage specifically for Sonoma. At Loxton Cellars I would have to say our 07s are going to be pretty damn good. Look out for 07 Pinots & Chards, I think everyone will be happy with them.

Reply by John Andrews, Dec 31, 2009.

Oh yeah spmommy2 ... welcome to snooth! Since you're in Sonoma you may want to follow the Sonoma County page ( Yes, I curate the page and yes, I'm shameless in promoting it.

Reply by dmcker, Dec 31, 2009.

Would be interesting, spmommy, to discern how much of the difference between the '06 and '07 is due to the vintage at harvest, and how much to age in bottle.

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