Venge Vineyards Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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 Wine Advocate - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
James Suckling - "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."
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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. View all Venge Vineyards Wines
About Napa Valley
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 granted 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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