2006 Beau Vigne "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
96 points from Robert Parker: "Absolutely profound is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which clearly puts Beau Vigne alongside the Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet as one of the stars of Stags Leap. A wine of great intensity, exceptional power, and admirable grace as well as equilibrium, this full-bodied 2006 offers beautifully sweet creme de cassis, licorice, spice box, and toasty oak characteristics. Multidimensional, with a layered mid-palate, and a finish that lasts 45+ seconds, it will benefit from some bottle age, although it is accessible enough to be drunk now. Drink it over the next 20-25 years." (12/08) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby. Pure, restrained aromas of kirsch, smoke, minerals, flowers, pepper and tobacco. Silky, broad and sweet; a step up in concentration from the Juliet, with a darker, more mineral-driven cassis flavor lifted by floral oils. Finishes with suave, fine-grained tannins and lovely length." (May/June '09) This small boutique operation (nine acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) sits on a knoll in the Stags Leap viticultural area. Although somewhat under the radar among the top Napa producers, Beau Vigne’s offerings are very impressive.