Our 2006 Tobacco Road Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2006 Tobacco Road Cellar Selection 'Tradition' Cabernet Sauvignon were reviewed by Wine Enthusiast February 2016, earning 92 and 93 points respectively. We are excited to report that this continues our trend of 90+ scores for every wine we've submitted to Wine Enthusiast. The review will be printed in the upcoming April 2016 edition of the magazine.
2006 in Napa was characterized by a long growing season. A wet winter carried over into spring, causing a delay in the vines' budbreak. There were some initial concerns about rot. A burst of summer heat helped grapes to catch up in ripening, but by August, things had turned cool once more. This cool trend resulted in harvest occurring well into October. It was challenging, but the labors of Napa's winemakers bore high-quality fruit. Wines were good across the board, but this was definitely a vintage that required winemaker's skills to make the best wines. As a result, there was some truly excellent Cabernet Sauvignons wines produced in 2006.
The 2006 Private Reserve is a full-bodied, rich Cabernet. Dominated by powerful dark berry fruits such as blackberry and cassis, it is a balanced wine with well-integrated tannins from aging in French oak barrels. With ten years of age on it already, our Tobacco Road Cellars Private Reserve is a Cabernet that can be enjoyed now, but is built to last. We recommend decanting about 30 to 45 minutes before enjoying.
The 2006 'Tradition' Cabernet Sauvignon is bold, but full of plush black fruits, fig and cedar. Vanilla and baking spice notes round out this classic Napa Cabernet, and is another fine example of the high quality wines we aim to make here at Tobacco Road Cellars.