M by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
|Brand||M by Michael Mondavi|
More primary is the 2006 M (900 cases, again made from100% Cabernet Sauvignon). It avoids the rustic, somewhat astringent tannins that some Cabernets from Napa have in this vintage. This is a stronger effort in 2006 than was 2005. Dark, slightly more saturated, youthful plum/ruby/purple, with notes of licorice, scorched earth, and burning embers, the wine is structured, but displays terrific fruit intensity, medium to full body, and lots of upside potential. This is a young wine that I would cellar for 2-3 years and drink over the following 25 years.
A supple, graceful, harmonious mix of ripe notes of plum, cherry, and black and red licorice, with a hint of espresso,. Full-bodied, showing a silky edge to the tannins early on, yet firming nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 960 cases made.
Made from the winery's little vineyard on Atlas Peak, this 100% Cabernet needs time to come around. It doesn't show the voluptuous approachability of the 2005 or the 2007, which will be released next year. It's fairly acidic and tannic. But there's a luscious core of blackberries and black currants. Try after 2012; it might be a very long-lived wine.