2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Montelena shot to fame in 1976 at the iconic Judgement of Paris that shook the wine world to its core when their 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay won first place against an enviable line-up of top French Burgundies. The result was a shock to the wine trade all over the world and changed the history of California wine - and Chateau Montelena - forever.

Tasting Notes

Duality in nature is everywhere—night and day, birth and death, you get the picture—but it isn’t very often that you get two distinctive phenomena at the same time. at duality is the most prominent feature of the 2006 harvest in that we saw both warm vintage and cool vintage characteristics in the same year, and nowhere was that more pronounced than here on the Montelena Estate.


The 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an enticing deep garnet red color in the glass.


On the nose there are complex notes of blackberry tart, clove, cinnamon, and cocoa, along with dried black currants.


The mouth has a soft supple entry, youthful crisp acidity, juicy plum and rich bright red fruit notes, all complemented by loads of fine grain tannin and an under-layer of dried black currant. The overall structure is ripe and rich, pure and well-delineated. Barrel notes are blended seamlessly and highlighted in the warm, spicy finish.

2006 chateau montelena estate cabernet sauvignon

From the Winemaker, Bo Barrett

The 2006 growing season was mild, with greater than average spring rains, and then from veraison through the first half of harvest the Estate saw a lot of heat and drying winds. In mid-September a cold snap hit that virtually halted harvest for close to two weeks. The second half of the harvest that followed was significantly cooler and the fruit that came in then reflected that. The greatest part is that we got the best of both worlds—power, intensity, and ripe jammy flavours from the first half, balance, elegance, and more subtle notes from the second half. All of this resulted in a wine that has a lot of interest, broad appeal, and the structure to last for decades to come.


Established in 1882 and located in Calistoga, California– the Montelena Estate is one of the oldest and most notable wine-producing properties in the Napa Valley. Click below to explore our beautiful grounds and see for yourself.

Chateau Montelena Winery originally called A.L. Tubbs winery after its founder Alfred Tubbs was constructed in 1888 and intended as a barrel-aging facility. The Chateau was unique in materials, plan, size, and style for its era. In nineteenth-century Napa Valley, the majority of wineries were constructed of wood. Instead, the Chateau is made of stone with walls three to twelve feet thick, which provides natural insulation against outside heat or cold. Similarly, the structure built into a hillside, to further regulate temperature - something necessary for producing quality wines but uncommon at the time. Also rare among Napa Valley wineries, the Chateau resembles an English Gothic castle gatehouse complete with rusticated stone walls, battlement with crenels and merlons, narrow arched windows, large arched door in the place of a portcullis, and bartizans with faux arrow slits.

Accounts of the stone winery’s designer, masons and source of materials vary. The design has been attributed to Hamden McIntyre, the well-known local winery designer; however, McIntyre relocated to Vina in 1887 where he took charge of the vineyard and winery of Leland Stanford. The building is unlike McIntyre's other wineries, none of which were designed in a Gothic style. Some sources also suggest that while in Europe, Tubbs hired a French architect to draw plans for the building, brought back French masons to build it, and imported European stone for the walls. Other accounts suggest the design was inspired by the Cellar of Chateau Lafite in France.

Originally, the interior was one large space with a second-story crushing floor, but in 1960, a second-floor apartment was inserted so the Chateau could be used as a home. The space was then converted into our current Tasting Room though parts of the private residence remain and are used on occasion today for family guests and private events.

Critical Acclaim

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers a slightly more perfumed, complex nose with its cassis, currants, mint, and spring flowers. This pretty, elegant wine has fine tannins, nicely integrated acidity, a layered, balanced style, and a great finish. Inner quote mark (1/2019)


Year 2006
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Country USA
Alcohol content
13,9% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.2 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential Good for now and up to 20 years
Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
Barrel Ageing 100% French, 26% New
Food Matches This is a powerhouse wine that can stand up to any number of complex dishes, but can be best enjoyed with beef, lamb, game (deer, venison) and mature, hard cheeses.
Origin California
Appellation Calistoga