Vin de Manies
2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
What we say
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Mission Codename: Daniel’s Opus
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Send Agent Red to Vin de Manies, to investigate reports that Opus One alum, Daniel Manies, had crafted an ultra-premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. If the wine is superb, grab up all available cases for our Cabernet-faithful Operatives.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Chateau Manzanita Winery
Wine Subject: 2006 Vin De Manies Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – Napa Valley
Winemaker: Daniel Manies
Backgrounder: Today’s incredible Cabernet Saivignon comes to us from winemaker, Daniel Manies, whose work at the fabled Opus One helped to secure that coveted brand as the global powerhouse that it is.
The Napa Valley is revered worldwide as the ultimate area in which to produce fine Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2006 vintage has produced some remarkable examples and we were lucky to get our spy-hands on today’s fine offering from our new friends at Chateau Manzanita. Today’s wine is a remarkable wine at a remarkable price. We suggest that you stock up during this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Dark and foreboding, with hues of opaque black cherry juice. The wine has a deep and inky heart and at the edge of the glass, an fine ring of pure ruby catches the light. Swirl the wine, and it continues to spin for some time. After it settles, tall columns of wine-stained tears move very slowly down the glass, grouping themselves into tight clusters.
Smell – Dark and powerful, with layers of dark fruit, spice, oak and earthen character. The wine leads with black cherry, cedar, overripe blackberry and dark bakers chocolate. As the wine breathes, it really opens up, revealing additional aromas of cigar box, espresso bean, cassis, warm brown spice, dried fall leaves and black pepper.
Feel – Firm but plush, the wine shows power and balance on the palate. Soft and elegant at the mid palate, the wine quickly coats the entire mouth, introducing a crush velvet dryness that spreads outward to the lips and cheeks.
Taste – Bold and dark, with powerful black cherry, dark chocolate, cigar box, overripe blackberry, black plum, braised fig (with a slight singe), dark spice, black pepper, oak and dark tobacco leaf.
Finish – Ultra long, lead by black cherry, tobacco and earthy chocolate, and fading to spice, oak, black pepper and flinty minerals.
Conclusion – This is a bold, deeply layered and delicious wine that expresses a great balance between power and elegance. This is a difficult feat for a wine, especially for a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon but winemaker, Daniel Manies, has brought to bear all of his experience at Opus One in creating today’s *2006 Vin De Manies Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – Napa Valley”. This wine is a delicious wine with plenty of character, dark fruit, earth, spice and dark minerals. Pair with a thick, juicy steak or enjoy it all on its own. Built to age, this wine can be enjoyed now or laid down for the next decade or more. This wine, especially considering today’s price, gets our heartiest Wine Spies recommendation!
What the winery says
About This Wine:
The Aroma is covered by a soft layer of smoky oak to reveal him of mouth watering berries to the nose. Showing intense flavors of blackberry, chocolate and roast coffee. Its soft texture and deep plush flavors are supported by a firm structure and elegant middle body. A remarkably balanced wine, the 2006 imports a persistently long finish that forecasts long bottle aging.
Vintage report: Spring rains in 2006 led to a decrease in vineyard yields, particularly on the Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Zinfandel grape varieties. The cool spring followed by a very long warm summer, when occasional heat waves caused rapid sugar development and ripening of the grapes. Cooling considerably in mid October, the weather allowed grape tannin maturity to catch up especially in the Cabernets. Zinfandel harvest in September began on the 23th. Cabernet Franc and Merlot harvest in mid October and concluded on the 12th of November: the majority of the fruit was crushed mid October. Leaving the Cabernets last to be picked, given the extra hang time needed.
About The Winery:
With a heritage that developed Opus One into a “world famous winery”, winemaker Daniel Manies has ventured out on his own to develop his own signature label line of elegant wines. More than just Bordeaux style blends, utilizing authentic French Bordeaux winemaking techniques, his unique and creative approach to winemaking has developed wines with characteristics that will amaze and delight the most discriminating of tastes. With his incomparable approach to quality, these premier wines will tantalize the senses and transport you to the vineyards of Bordeaux, France.
A soon to be released. limited special edition of Vin De Manies’ upcoming wine. will he unrivaled in the winemaking industry.
Varietals: 78% Cabernet, 11% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc
Region: Napa Valley
Aging: 24 Months – 25% new French oak 75% once use French oak