Trinitas Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006
Awards Accolades: About This Wine: Grown east of Highway 29 just south of Oakville Cross Road, our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon displays aromatics of spiced plums, black cherry, vanilla and espresso. It has a rich entry reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries. Barrel aged 18 months in 57% new French oak.<br/><br/> <strong>The Winemaking:</strong> A pre-fermentation cold soak with traditional pump-over cap management and a cool fermentation preserved the unique fruit qualities of this wine. After malolactic occurred in \wood, an addition 57% new French oak were used to enhance the spice flavor components and to frame the fruit with added structure in the mid-palate. During 27 months of aging this wine was racked once and was lightly filtered before bottling.<br/><br/> <strong>The Vineyard:</strong> Our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is from the lower elevations of Howell Mountain and our Oakville vineyard. The soil is extremely rich which translates into the fruit-forward wines. Because of the elevation on Howell Mountain, bud break is later, and the vines have a different developmental curve compared to the valley floor. The vineyard is above the fog line, which doesn’t cool down as much at night. The crop level there gave that notion credibility. This Cab gets about 1/3 yield that most Napa Valley Cab vineyards get.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Trinitas Cellars celebrates the connection among sun, soil and humanity by working closely with its grower society throughout Northern California to source a broad range of varietals from the regions where climate and soil conditions are most favorable. Small quantities of these exceptional-quality grapes are then handcrafted into an approachable California-style wine to be enjoyed as an aperitif or with food. The Busch family balances their resources to grow their business and benefit the community and their faith, by honoring and serving God in all they do.<br/><br/> Trinitas, the Latin word for Trinity, is the fundamental principle of Christianity. Trinity also symbolizes Sun, Soil Humanity, which are the three ingredients evoking the perfect wine. It further reflects the triumvirate of the Wine Country lifestyle, Meritage Resort Spa, and Trinitas wines.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: <strong>Kevin Mills</strong> - Kevin Mills grew up in Oklahoma where he and his family have grown vines since 1977. After years of hard work and many "interesting" wines they decided to go to school. Kevin enrolled in Grayson County College’s Viticulture and Enology program at Denison, Texas and together started Canadian River Winery. Kevin met Tony Peju of Peju Province Winery and mentored under then Peju Winemaker Sean Foster for four and a half years. Kevin took the winemaker position for Trinitas Cellars in January, 2007. His emphasis is to mainstream Trinitas with top tier Bordeaux and Burgundy varietals. Kevin has introduced Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet programs to the Trinitas Portfolio.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.9%<br/><br/> <strong>Total Acidity:</strong> 0.71g<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.72<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 800<br/><br/>
Editorial Reviews for Trinitas Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Intense yet fine with plenty of oak but strong black currant, tomato leaf , licorice, vanilla and mint tones. Lovely mouthfeel, rigid with a touch of woody sweetness and wonderfully pure fruit. The tannins are modest and a touch stiff but in proportion and well balanced allowing the pure fruit tones to take center stage. This is not a powerhouse but a well balanced, well focused bottle of cab that recalls some of the classic wines of the 80’s and shows very little sign of the formidable 14.9% alcohol. 93pts.
Super clean wine, very smooth from start to spicy, warming finish. Full of baking spices and bright red fruit.
Grand bright dusty cherry nose. A big complex fruit bomb but without the characteristic overoaking and reckless spicy finish - more of a fruit precision airstrike. Full bodied with perfectly ripe fruit and a long spiced - not spicy - finish with medium sized but powerful tannins.
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