2006 Levendi Cabernet Sauvignon Sweetwater Ranch

Year: 2006
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Red Wine
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In the Oak Knoll section of Napa Valley stands Sweetwater Ranch and it is from this vineyard that this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine gets its grapes. This is a wine with unmistakable Napa Valley cabernet character as expressed in that particular elegance that is unique to Cabernets from Napa and one can see why Napa pro¬duces the number one wine in all the American con¬tents—both North and South. If you have any doubt about this, you need go no further then the auction and retail prices these wines fetch, For as in most of life Adam Smith was correct when in comes to valuation and human nature.

Would I equate this wine as an equal to a Colgin or Bryant Family or Harlan Estate, (wines selling for six to over 20 times the bargain $27.95 price of this wine)? No. But I would certainly consider in the league with the better Napa Cabernets in the $40 to $60 range, a wine well worth its normal $42 winery cost, but especially its terrific bargain offering of $27.95, which is even below the wines basic wholesale price.

The color is a deep purple and the tastes and aromas are just what you would expect from a fine Napa Cabernet, as in dark cherries, currants, ripe plums, vanilla oak, truffles and hints of espresso, fresh herbs and green peppers. The acid balance is nearly ideal and though there is noticeable tannin it is mostly of the soft kind allowing the wine to now be drinkable, though it will improve with 2 or 3 years of bottle age and keep well until the early-mid 2020’s. Aging occurred for 18 months or so entirely in French Oak of which 45% of the barrels were new."

RATING: 92/93

PRICE: $27.95, *****bargain

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Winery Notes:
The Sweetwater Ranch vineyard produces grapes with intense flavors and individuality that sets it apart from other Napa Cabernets. These grapes possess intense flavors and overall balance, which makes Sweetwater Ranch a beautifully bold Cabernet Sauvignon.

Deep, dark purple in appearance. Lovely vanilla sandalwood notes with plum and wild cherry on the nose. Rich and mouth-filling with friendly flavors of plum and black fig fruit. Topped only by a luxurious finish of dark chocolate.