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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

2006 Oakville Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

It was hard to find the complete tech info. associated with this wine because I'm not entirely sure the winery has a website in place. However, I do believe that besides the over 75% Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine, Merlot and Malbec are also featured in small amounts in this wine. At least that's what I gathered from looking at notes of this wine on other websites.

Anyways, as we all know Oakville is one of Napa Valley's most prestigious AVA's and is home to some really great Cabernet's. When you see a Cabernet Sauvignon on the shelf with the Oakville distinction you can almost always count on it being a stellar wine.

Oakville Wine is produced in the warm climate north of the Yountville Mounts. These hills block much of the fog and wind from the San Pablo Bay from advancing North. This gives grapes time to ripen and develop their distinctive varietal characteristics that Oakville Wineries are known for.

On the nose I get a classic Napa characteristic of dusty coco powder and ripe raspberry. There is also some black pepper, spice, and oak that accompanies the big ripe fruits.

On the palate the wine turns to primarily black fruits and especially a pure blackberry note. There is some nice spice and oak that accompany the fruit but the wine has a soft texture with a ripe tannin structure. The wine finishes firm and long but lacks a bit of presence on the mid-palate. Overall a really nice effort and good example of the purity of Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. 90 points

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