It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine. [2006 Reynolds Cabernet Sauvignon]

by Victoria D'Olier on October 21, 2010 | Comments Off on It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine. [2006 Reynolds Cabernet Sauvignon] |

Wayne after a sip of Reynolds Cab
I love great wine, but the only time I get to drink it is when someone else is paying.  Therefore, when asked to provide assistance pouring at the Better Brands Grand Crew Holiday Show, I was beside myself with anticipation.  Historically, I’ve been a client, tasting their excellent portfolio, so it was an interesting experience to be on the other side of the table.  I had the privilege of pouring an incredible selection of wines, among which were all three Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Champagnes, Sandrone’s Barolo Boschis and Petrolo’s Torrine.  I could write volumes on each of these but I was truly taken aback by a wine I did not pour. While taking a break from pouring to taste some of the 300+ wines, I had the pleasure of quaffing the 2006 Reynolds Family Reserve Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon.  I’ve enjoyed this wine on one other occasion and recall it being lovely, but this particular vintage spoke to me (and I liked what it had to say).

2006 was recognized in California for mild conditions, yielding consistency and intensity while maintaining  structure and balance.  It was exactly these traits that I felt this particular cab conveyed so deftly.  The nose was rich, full bodied and intense yet not at all excessive or flamboyant with aromas of dark chocolate, black cherry and plum.  On the palate the wine was silky and rich with perfectly balanced tannins leading to a decadent mouthfeel and a seductive finish that left me wanting just one more sip while still savoring the last.

So many wines these days seem to fall into the patterns of the Mollydooker’s Carnival of Love or Betts and Scholl’s Black Betty which, while undeniably delicious, turn wine into a bit of a chewy, fork and knife affair.  To call the 2006 Reynolds Family Reserve Stag’s Leap Cab subtle or understated would be both untrue and an injustice to its style, but the cab’s decadence coupled with simultaneous structure and elegance led to a text book example of balanced winemaking.

Now, I just need to find $120 of loose change in my couch. It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.

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