Our friends at the Stags Leap District in Napa, California (it looks like this), were kind enough to send a smattering of Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the 2006 vintage. We tried them all together to see how this vintage is shaping up.
Overall, these Cabs are ready to drink but could stand a little more age. Common threads are their lushness, with chocolate, black cherry, and even cinnamon notes. But differences are hardly difficult to find…
2006 Hartwell Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District – An easy favorite, perfectly balanced, smooth, rich, and velvety. Blackberry notes are strong, and the finish is decadent. A / $90
2006 Silverado Solo Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District – I’ve had this wine many times and this time out it’s better than I remembered and expected, with lots of fruit, a soft body, and a pleasant — yet tannic — finish. Classic Stags Leap character. A- / $77
2006 Lindstrom Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District – There’s a lot to like in this atypically jammy wine, but it’s rough around the edges and the finish is thin. B+/ $90
2006 Steltzner Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District – Light body and quite herbal, with a light bitterness on the finish. A bit of an anomaly amongst strong competition. B- / $40