Early this year I offered you the awesome 2005 Charnu St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon and had a great response. Unfortunately for some of you, the response was a little too good because the 72 case production sold out a little too quickly and we couldn't fill some of your orders.
Great news! 2006 vintage is a little more plentiful... Charnu ramped-up production to a total of 266 cases. If you love Ultra-Premium, Small-Production California Cabernets, then this one is for you.
A little about Charnu...
"The name Charnu (pronounced "shar-new") is intended to bring to mind a wine that is elegant and, perhaps, a bit mysterious. The word has its origins in French wine terminlogy, where "charnu" refers to wines that are full-bodied. In this sense, it echos our desired wine style: rich and full-bodied, yet still elegant."
About the Vineyards...
The primary vineyard is the Stanton St. Helena Ranch (see map). The Stantons have been farming in the Napa valley since 1947, and purchased the specific vineyard block where Charnu Winery gets its grapes in 1979.
Blending in a small amount of wine made from grapes from a different location can often result in a wine with greater complexity.
For this purpose, they also source grapes from a small block of the Lewelling Vineyards, a historic vineyard in St. Helena.
The Charnu Style...
The Charnu style exhibits the flavor and depth characteristic of Napa Valley wines, and the St. Helena appellation in particular, while portraying the finesse and elegance that only exceptional examples offer. This is achieved through attention to the true ripeness of the grapes from the prominent St. Helena vineyards, followed by careful hand-crafting of the resulting wines. The results are IMPRESSIVE, to say the least!
Just the facts...
2006 Charnu Cabernet Sauvignon
Release Date: September, 2009
Appellation: St. Helena, Napa Valley
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Profile: Aged for 21 months in French Oak barrels
Total Production: 256 cases of 750 ml. bottles 10 cases of 1.5L bottles