Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2006
For the 2006 vintage in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, concentration of flavors is the theme, and the Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. This wine exhibits the warmth of the growing season with the rich, dark fruits of black cherry and plum, in addition to featuring all that the Stags Leap district has to offer with its hints of spice and chocolate. This 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon provides a full, yet approachable palate to enjoy now, as well as the ability to age nicely for years to come.
Editorial Reviews for Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
Black olive, black currant, intensely aromatic, milk chocolate, roast beef, lots of paprika and coriander spices. Like velvet on entry, good acidy very well concealed tannins, tons of plush, vanilla and cinnamon scented fruit. This is super refined, very fresh and a fruit bomb without the fat and weight of most fruit bombs. This is very easy to drink with a broadly appealing style and a structure that is soft enough to allow this to be enjoyed on it’s own but substantial enough to benefit from food. Really nice length on the fruity, spicy finish. 94pts
Red fruits open on the nose, with hints of spice, honeysuckle and darker fruit emerging from the background. At an hour, scents of soft vanilla, pepper, pumpkinseed, pomegranate, cloves and roses join the bright fruit, along with faint raisins and rosemary. At two hours, add roasted sunflower seed, citronella, vanilla, honey, caramel, chamomile, ocean-moistened rocks, seaside air, and shellfish. The palate goes immediately velvet from front to back, owing to pleasing acidity and delicate spicy tannins, with wine falling off the tongue to the sides, and assorted fruit blossoming in the middle. A long, savory finish punctuates each sip, ending with a delicate touch of pepper and spice. At an hour, toast with dark cherry, blackberry, currant, cassis, raisin, apple and red berries converge, along with floral motifs and herbs, including hints of sage, mint, dark leaf tea, and thyme. At two hours, luscious notes of vanilla, roasted almond, cocoa, celery, raisin, plum, currant, raspberry, and a touch of red rose highlight a broad and balanced array of tastes, framed by a rich velvety mouthfeel. The palate of this amazing wine has an ebb and flow that breaks in waves of lovely arrangements, ever changing.
Nose/ Black currant, cassis, cigar box, flint, wet earth, black pepper. Amazingly, quite akin to a full, massive, Bordeaux blend. Taste/ Medium full mouthfeel. Medium clean. Big smokey plums, black fruits, damp black Earth. Dripping blackberry juice. Fabulous. WELL worth the small price for this too-be- legendary Cabernet !!! Astounding 5
Well beyond my expectations especially for a reasonably priced Stags Leap Cab; tons of cherry and blackberry upfront, hints of smoke and spice and the action continues for minutes after. This one has some fine legs. That kind of complexity and intrigue is exactly what I look for in a California Cab. I’m curious how this will improve over the next 2, 5 and 10 years. Love these artisan, small producers; they clearly take great care in their product. Can’t wait for 2007 if the rumors are true.
Food Pairings for Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
For the 2006 vintage in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, concentration of flavors is the theme, and the Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. This wine exhibits the warmth of the growing season with the rich, dark fruits of black cherry and plum, in addition to featuring all that the Stags Leap district has to offer with its hints of spice and chocolate.
300 cases produced.