Thursday, January 21, 2010

2006 Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

During a recent tasting we capped off the evening with the rich and elegant 2006 Moon Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a favorite of Spiderman (the "nom du vin" of a tasting team member) and it's easy to see why.

This Sonoma wine has an expansive taste of black cherry with a dash of chocolate and spice. The tannins provide a nice foundation, but do not intrude into the smooth and velvety mouthfeel. This has a rewarding, lingering finish.

The Moon Mountain Vineyard, a small scenic winery, is located high on the Sonoma Valley side of Mount Veeder, at nearly the 2,000-foot elevation. The steep, southern-facing slopes consist of soils derived from rock, volcanic ash and lava. These soils, combined with the mountainside location, push the vines to work harder, resulting in small, intensely flavored fruit.

All of its environmental conditions from sun exposure, soils and slope to wind and rainfall are considered to be nearly optimal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon and the other Bordeaux varietals that have been grown here since the late 1800s. The grapes are organically grown.

This classy Cabernet would pair well with a nice grilled steak. It's a great buy (at about $13) and a sure crowd pleaser.

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1 comment:

Dave Nershi, CSW said...

A feed of Toledo Wines and Vines posts appear on I got a nice comment there from ChrisinSunnyside that I wanted to share:

"Nice Review Dave. This wine, actually the 2004, was one of the wines we served at our wedding in 2007. We saved one bottle that we may open eventually but probably not.

Thanks for helping me remember the best day of my life."