2006 Twenty Bench Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1040172

Buy a bottle of Twenty Bench and you'll be sipping on wine world serendipity. Back in the fall of 2000 winemaker and viticulturist Jim Regusci (Regusci Wines) bought 20 tons of top notch cab from a friend whose vineyard he had planted and managed. Not exactly sure what to do with the wine, he vinified it separate from his other grapes and marked the barrel it was resting in "Twenty Bench" referring to the 20 tons of fruit and the benchland vineyard the grapes had come from. Fast-forward a year. Two of Jim's friends, marketing and sales gurus James Harder and Jim Gill, said they wanted to make a top notch cab that would retail for less than $20. Jim sampled them on the Twenty Bench from his cellar and, impressed, a partnership was struck. Now on the seventh vintage, Twenty Bench continues to be a delicious cab that over-delivers vintage after vintage for a price that can't be beat.

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By: Gestalted | Review Date: 10/23/2009
This is a shout from the rooftops wine value. This cab pours a beautifully inky dark violet and red and within seconds I was hit in the nose with rich cassis liqueur, and the glass was 2 feet from me at the time! Sticking my nose in the glass, the cassis was tinged with vanilla was almost overwhelming. And it doesn't stop there. The midpalate is a very well balanced with dark fruit rolling into mocha, rolling into espresso with a long soft finish. I was still mentally tasting these nuances the next day. This is the best cab value I have ever come across and I am as skeptical as they come with cab value wines.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.