Schiopetto Collio Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Cloaked by its own intensity, this needs time to reveal its aromas and flavors of lemon and lemongrass. That tension relaxes after a day of air, the flavors lengthening, held firm by a gripping structure. Grown in predominantly clay soils, this sauvignon possesses cool tannins that serve as the foil to the nervy acidity. The combined effect sends energy coursing through the wine, a motion that seems to define the expression of both fruit and minerality. Built to age five or six years, if not longer.
Shows aromas of apricot, lemon and apple. Full-bodied and long, offering a superlively palate of fresh acidity and gooseberry, with hints of lemon peel. A crisp, steely style. Drink now. 2,555 cases made.
The 2006 Sauvignon is a textbook wine. It captures the essence of the cool Capriva micro-climate, with deeply suggestive sage, wet stone, mint and tomato leaf notes that flow from the glass. Medium in body, it offers outstanding persistence and plenty of style. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2009.
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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...
The [Napa Valley] and [Cabernet Sauvignon] are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as [Rutherford’s] famous dust or [Stags Leap District's] tart cherry flavors.