Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The color and clarity are impressive - bright and deep. This vintage seems more vibrant at this early state than previou.s vintages. Concentration and complexity are very evident even early on. A wonderfully deep and rich Cabemet character portrayed as tea, licorice and cassis are first impressions. Some fine wood with a multitude of layers follow the initial power of the aromatics. The aroma profile is very impressive but so too are the flavors. Intensely packed with rich fruit and some serious extract best describe the sensations. A flavor that is sweetly perfumed and richly textured is quite pleasing. There is a lot going on in this wine - it will be very impressive as it ages and opens to its true power and excitement. Don't miss this one; it's going to improve for a very long time.
The Wine Advocate - "One of the top wines of the vintage, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet, fragrant nose of acacia flowers, charcoal, black currant liqueur, licorice, and forest floor. Atypically opulent with sweet velvety tannins (especially for a 2006), it reveals impressive purity and texture as well as a full-bodied, rich finish. This knock-out wine can be drunk now or cellared for 20+ years. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red-ruby. Aromas of crushed cassis, tar, licorice and minerals. Sweet, lush and broad, but with harmonious acidity and underlying minerality giving shape to the blackberry and tar flavors. This boasts lovely sweetness without any heaviness. Finishes with big, rich, palate-dusting tannins, very good breadth and a note of chocolatey oak. This will merit a score at the high end of my projected range if it carries its freshness and lift into the bottle. As with the chardonnay, Forman was able to leave the red grapes on the vines for a long time in '06. "The sugars hardly budged but the flavors developed and the tannins got softer," he told me, adding that this vintage has a lower pH-3.78-than either the '07 or the '04 here.
Founded in 1983 and located at the base of Howell Mountain, overlooking the town of St. Helena, Forman Vineyard produces 2000 cases each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. All grapes are grown on the three estate vineyards, two on the mountain above and one on the valley floor in the Rutherford Bench appellation. View all Forman Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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2 ratings, 1 with reviewhang time - Delray Beach, FL38/4/2011
i ordered the '06 after being so impressed with the '07 nad seeing the '06 is a nice savings vs the '07. i have to report that the '07 is superior to my taste. the '06, while nice, did not have the freshness or the balance as the '07. it seemed a little musty, even after breathing for an hour.Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL47/1/2011Related Products
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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