We’re looking particularly forward to this weekend’s tasting menu, as we’ll be pouring the new 2006 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate for the first time since our Spring Release Weekend! Featuring 19 parcels worth of Monte Bello fruit, in a blend of 56% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, and 2% petit verdot, and aged for 22 months entirely in american oak (half new, a quarter two years old, a quarter three/four years old), I think this is due to emerge into a truly beautiful wine as it matures over time. Winemaker Eric Baugher has given a ten-to-fifteen-year estimation for development, so this is obviously still a wine very much in its youth. That said, there was a tremendous amount of excitement about this vintage when the tasting room staff tasted it in advance of its official release, and it also seemed to go over exceptionally well with our guests on Spring Release Weekend, so I think there is definitely a lot to be said for taking a look at this wine right now.
So, if anyone out there came to Monte Bello or Lytton Springs that first weekend in April, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new vintage of the Santa Cruz Mountains Estate! Our Tasting Room Staff will be compiling some notes and thoughts on this wine as we taste it over the weekend, and I’ll be posting again on Monday about our thoughts.