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Rocca Family Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Collinetta Vineyard

Our Selection for Wine of the Week June 28, 2010

Rocca Family Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Collinetta Vineyard, Napa Valley, is our Wine of the Week review

An All-American Cabernet
Rocca Family Vineyards
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Collinetta Vineyard, Napa Valley


Rocca is a family owned and run winery focused on creating handcrafted red wines. Currently, the winery produces Merlot, Syrah, a playful red blend called Bad Boy and, of course, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2006 Collinetta Vineyard is a big, ripe, rich all-American Cabernet. It is the debut bottling from the Collinetta vineyard and one that was ten years in the making: Rocca purchased the vineyard site in 2000 and planted it with Cabernet Sauvignon vines, patiently waiting until the vineyard developed the right expression to merit a single-vineyard bottling. On the nose there are tart cranberry and currant notes mingled with cocoa and espresso. On the palate the wine offers more bright berries, including cranberry, tart cherry and blackberry. Toward the back of the palate there are both dusty cocoa and deep, dark chocolate flavors. A weighty wine with a tannic structure, its fruit flavors are delicious now but the wine is destined to mellow into a more elegant version of itself with a few years of aging. Try it with robust dishes like an espresso-rubbed, grilled steak, faintly spicy mole or Sunday brisket.

Rating: 15.5/20

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