2006 Staglin Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1050874 97 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *3 Stars* This immense, deeply fruited, lavishly oaked wine is all about the future, and, despite showing loads of highly concentrated, black currant character, it is prohibitively tannic for near term drinking. It is also as rich and as precise in its varietal Cabernet Sauvignon focus as any wine tasted in some time. Everything about this one speaks to depth and longevity, and it is likely to need a decade or more before hitting its stride. But, few wines are its equal for classic flavors even now and fewer still will match its progress in the fullness of time.  (4/2009)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, focused, supple, plush and layered, showing amazing purity of flavor, with tiers of black currant, black cherry, mineral, sage, anise and cedar. Yet for all its flavor, it's the seductive textural fleshiness that's perhaps most striking.  (10/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot, this wine reveals a very deep garnet colour. Fragrant aromas of cassis and prunes with mocha, underbrush and a touch of cardamom lead to an elegant yet concentrated palate with medium to high acidity and medium to firm fine tannins plus a nicely fleshed mid-palate. Long finish. (LPB)  (7/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby-red. Cassis, black cherry, licorice, smoke and menthol on the nose. Opulent on entry, then broad and fairly full in the middle, with youthfully reticent flavors of sweet dark berries and intriguing soil tones. This really spreads out on the back end, finishing with a fine, broad dusting of tannins and mouthcoating persistence...has the balance to evolve well. 92+ (ST)  (6/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Uses every bell and whistle in the vineyard and cellar, and it all meshes beautifully in a textbook 'modern' California Cab. To be sure, it's showy, super-rich, concentrated and fleshy, with a good lashing of new French oak. Yet the tannins are substantial and integrated, and the acidity is refreshing, boding well for cellaring. Has a touch of the famous Rutherford dust. (18.5/20 points)  (8/2009)

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By: Joanne Barnes | Review Date: 10/20/2010
drank a bottle of this last night for my birthday. We ordered the last bottle at Flemings and it was on special for $125........... did we ever get a good deal or what? And yes, it was delicious. Smooth, silky, beautiful with a filet mignon. Needed a moment to open... but absolutely wonderful...

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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.