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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

2006 Saunter Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wines like these are a real passion of mine. Small production wines (200 cases) where the winery sources amazing fruit from the hidden corners of the Napa Valley. Wines that aren't very well know yet but have the potential to become the next "mailing list only" gems.

The 2006 Saunter Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the Clark-Claudon vineyard on the backside of Howell Mountain. The wine was made by winemaker Thomas Brown, who consults for several really great wineries and also has his own project called "Rivers Marie". I actually reviewed the Cabernet from Rivers Marie a couple weeks ago and thought it was amazing stuff.

First thing I notice when I pour this wine into the glass is it's amazing deep color and an aroma that immediately fills the room. It's a richly intoxicating aroma of blackberry and cassis accompanied by a textbook Napa Valley cocoa. The nose also shows secondary aromas of cedar and slight hints of vanilla.

On the palate the wine has an mouth-coating affect and is just as rich as the nose suggests. The fruit is stunning and pure and reminds me of ripe black cherry, savory milk chocolate, with subtle hints of ripe plum and spice.

I must comment on the ripeness and delicious factor of this wine. I knew I would probably dig this stuff because Howell Mountain rarely lets me down in terms of quality, but ggg's this stuff is really amazing wine. The nose evolves every few minutes in the glass and the finish is literally minutes long. 94 Points

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