Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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.
"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. "
The Wine Advocate
"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.
International Wine Cellar
Big & Bold
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.
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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.
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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...
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(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...
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