Atlas Peak Napa Valley 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%.
Made with full extraction and long skin contact, this wine is made to maximize body and weight while having long silky tannins. The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe dark cherry and blackberry notes with mocha, clove and a hint of vanilla. This wine offers lush, juicy cherry and blueberry flavors. On the palate, sweet vanilla, clove, and a hint of cinnamon are brought forth by the nuances of French oak aging. Seamless with a nice long finish, this wine is very elegant with a fine structure.
"What a great wine for the price. It's made from various Napa mountain vineyards, and shows concentrated blackberry and black currant flavors, wrapped into superfine Napa tannins that go down with silky smoothness. Not cheap, but the price is a bargain compared to superexpensive Napa Cabs. At nearly 6,000 cases produced, it’s a steal."
I enjoy this bold Cab alot! They will get better with age, so I will drink a few more. The others have been appropriately stored.
Smooth & Supple
Good smooth and wet;very easy to enjoy.
2006... five years old and tasting great! This Cab displays drinkability now, and shows potential to cellar well for a few more years. I hope that the three bottle left in the cooler will make it past March!
Earthy & Spicy
Beef > Stew, Beef > BBQ
This wine had a lot of promise with a 94 point rating. However, I was a bit disappointed. It is a good wine, but there seemed to be a bit of an overbearing alcohol flavor and not a lot of balance. I opened one bottle and didn't finish it; within 2 days it didn't keep well making me believe that this wine is near its end-of-life. So drink it now - don't cellar!
A great little Napa cab I picked up on sale for $25 & Free Shipping from WineShopper! Lacks complexity. Delicious now, but could use 2 or 3 more years in the bottle. A great go-to wine for everyday.
Big & Bold
This was good, but it didn't live up to the expectations I had. It's a good wine at a very good price but I was expecting a little more from a 94 rating. Like many cabs, this wine has a dry finish, but I found this finish to be so dry as to border on harsh.
Earthy & Spicy
Does not deserve the 94 rating. Maybe 89. Acidy finish. There are a lot more great cabs for this price..
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