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Vintage
2006
Nobile

2006 Nobile
Varietal Blend
Cabernet 66%
Syrah 34%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
26.3 Brix
Alcohol
14.90
Cases Produced
150
Opt Consumption
2009-2016
Cooperage
60% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 26-Oct 21, 2006
Bottling Date
March 2008
Release Date
October 2009

Nobile is Montemaggiore's own special blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Every year the exact blend may vary slightly—the 2006 Nobile is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Syrah—but the synergy between these two varietals always produces a wonderful, age-worthy wine.

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Vineyard Profile: Estate Vineyard
Located on a mountainside high above Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, the rocky soils of Montemaggiore's estate vineyards produce intensely flavored grapes at naturally low yields. Using biodynamic practices and organic materials, we farm Paolo's Vineyard without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

2006 Vintage
The 2006 growing season started slowly with late spring rains, but was quite warm overall with ten days in mid-summer of 100+°F temperatures. While the heat-stress was mitigated by irrigation, the slow start resulted in uneven ripening, thus an extended harvest. Our yields in 2006 were 50% of normal, but we expected this single-vintage reduction due to a changeover in pruning style. The final unique aspect of 2006 was the first crop from our new Syrah vines of the 877 clone.

Winemaker's Goal
With the Nobile blend, Cabernet's strengths (structure, ageability, and depth) are combined with syrah's strengths (breadth of flavors, soft tannins)—thereby yielding a wine that's appealing fruit aromas, easy to drink young or aged, and a lot of complexity to keep you sipping! More on Nobile Winemaking

Tasting Notes
The aroma of the 2006 Nobile exudes black cherry and plum, underpinned by hints of cedar, tobacco, and cocoa. On the palate, its structure is classic Cabernet, along with a voluptuous mouth feel and velvety smooth finish.
Winemaking Notes
The Cabernet and Syrah were hand-harvested separately at optimum tannin and flavor ripeness, and each was fermented separately to bring out its strengths: the structured complexity of the Cabernet and spicy berry flavors of the Syrah. The Cabernet underwent a short cold soak, 9-day fermentation, and 5-day extended maceration. The Syrah underwent a short cold soak, 11-day fermentation, and no extended maceration. After a gentle pressing in a stainless steel basket press in order to limit astringency, the wine aged in French oak barrels. The wine was first blended in November 2007, and bottled after barrel aging for a total of 17 months.

Food Pairings
Being a balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine goes well with the dishes that traditionally go well with each varietal.  

Nobile pairs well with a grilled steak, braised short ribs, grilled sausage, roasted squash, braised lamb shanks, and polenta with grilled portobellos.

Consider our recipe for osso buco.

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Other Vintages
Montemaggiore has been producing Nobile, a Cabernet-Syrah blend since our inception in 2002, although from 2002-2004 it was called Superiore.  

 
Varietal Blend
Cabernet 66%
Syrah 34%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
26.3 Brix
Alcohol
14.90
Cases Produced
150
Opt Consumption
2009-2016
Cooperage
60% new French oak
Harvest Date
Sep 26-Oct 21, 2006
Bottling Date
March 2008
Release Date
October 2009