2006 Mankas Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 Mankas Cabernet Sauvignon

195.00

Price is for a case of 12 bottles

 

Our Mankas Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted in honor of the beautiful farming area landscaped with vines, olive and fruit orchards surrounding our vineyards. This 5th release continues the line of great quality, unique character and value we established in 2002.

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Wine Facts

Vintage: 2006
Appellation: Suisun Valley, California
Release Date: February 2009
Varietal: 100% from 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon grapes
Ageing: 12 months in a mix of small French, East European and American oak barrels
Brix at Harvest: 24.5
Alcohol: 13.6%
PH: 3.67
TA (titratable acidity): 5.9 g/l
Cases Produced: 1570
UPC CODE: 894390000142

Harvest and Crush Notes

Lighter than normal, the 2006 harvest created grapes of outstanding quality and flavor. An unusually cool and wet spring created a difficult start for the vines through bloom. The summer was mild with a heat spell in July followed by a drop in temperature in August which led into an ideal September. This allowed a smooth and moderate build up of sugars while allowing a longer hang-time of the fruit on the vines. The grapes for the Mankas were harvested between September 30th and October 28th when berries and bunches were ideally sized, ripened and flavored with well balanced tannins. Harvested by hand in the cool early morning, the grapes were immediately de-stemmed, then gently crushed and cold soaked prior to fermentation. Ideal levels of ripeness gave the grapes very floral and aromatic fermentation profiles. The wine was aged in a blend of new and neutral oak selected from premium French and East European Coopers, and bottled in March 2008.

 

Winemaker’s Notes

The 2006 Mankas displays unique character and balance. A wide fruit profile harmonizes with elegantly round tannins. Notes of raspberries, black cherries and blueberries blend well with soft vanilla, eucalyptus, and black pepper tones creating an enjoyable balance of aromas and flavors. The distinct texture and finish partners remarkably well with food without overpowering its taste.