2006 Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2006
Appellation: Galilee
Country: Israel
Red Wine
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Winery Notes:
The Wine
The 2006 Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon shows off ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit notes along with hints of earth, spice and nuances of fresh herbs. Gamla Cab is full bodied with good flavor and satisfying finish. While ready to enjoy, Gamla Cabernet ages well over six to eight years from the harvest. Gamla Cabernet is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon just waiting to be enjoyed along with a good grilled steak, a hearty stew, a flavorful pasta or with a host of other possibilities limited only by your imagination.

The Harvest
A relatively warm, dry winter preceded the 2006 vintage season. Very low rainfall caused great worry until a cold wet April delivered enough rain to bring the seasonal total to 90% of normal. The relative cool continued to the end of July, delaying the start of harvest by about ten days. Near perfect conditions then prevailed until almost the end of the vintage when, on the 15th, the first of five October rains hit. The precipitation (five times the October norm!) delayed to November the final 8% of harvest. The 2006 Gamla Cabernet is made from Cabernet Sauvignon along with small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, all coming from vineyards in the cool Golan Heights. The wine ages from one year in French oak barrels.