Venge Vineyards Family Reserve 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.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
This year's release of Reserve Cabernet is focused on elegance and style. Lifted aromas of heady black cherry, oak vanillin and barrel spices are found on the initial take. The purity of fruit is found from top to bottom in this wine. The palate has a wonderful array of black stone fruit developing to lavish blackberry and dried cur-rant in the mid palate. A true style and sense of the Oakville terroir can be found in this 100% Cabernet.
The tannin to acidity combination and overall structure of this Bordeaux-like release proves well for what will come with proper cellaring. Improving for the next three to five years, this bottling will continue to age well into 2027.
"The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Family Reserve is an exceptional 2006. Blackberry liqueur intermixed with creme de cassis, licorice, incense, and floral notes as well as a hint of subtle oak emerge from the glass of this full-bodied, super-concentrated, rich, intense wine. A baby in terms of its potential development, it will benefit from 5-10 years of bottle age and should drink well for 20 or more years – that's a given."
The Wine Advocate
"Red-ruby. Pungent aromas of flint, graphite and spicy oak. Then creamy and densely packed but penetrating in the mouth, with sweet berry flavors complicated by floral pastilles, cola and minerals. I liked the high-wire act of sweetness and energy. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins."
International Wine Cellar
"Soft and juicy, and very smooth in texture, with delicious blackberry, black currant, cherry and mocha flavors. Made even more complex by smoky oak and a note of roasted meat."
"Interesting aromas of ripe berries, raisins, and spices. Full bodied, with velvety tannins, and a juicy finish. Full and with lots of dried fruits. A little overdone, but in this style, I like it."
Learn About Venge Vineyards
The Venge (ven-ghee) family has farmed vitis viniferra varieties in Napa Valley for nearly a half-century. It is a journey that began when Knud Venge migrated from Denmark to the United States in the early 1900’s. Knud's son, Per Venge, found his passion in the wine and spirits industry and started Vencom Imports, focusing on the importation of Western European fine wines and spirits. It was Per's son, Nils Venge, who left the family business in the 1960's with a vision to study viticulture at UC Davis and establish the family namesake as an icon within the winegrowing community.
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