Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rating: ***+ $$ Pavilion Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Napa Valley, CA - Wine Review (GOOD VALUE)

Original Review, August, 2009: Winemaker Larry Levin made the Pavilion Cabernet Sauvignon from negotiated fruit from various Napa Valley, CA, vineyards for the 2006 vintage. Larry hails from Icon Estates, where he oversaw such prestigious brands as Franciscan, Mt. Veeder, Robert Mondavi, Estancia, Ravenswood, Quintessa and Ruffino. This version shows at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass, it is deep, dusty mahogany, opaque almost from the edge, with a minor hint of purple right at the rim. Bold, classic Napa cab aromas burst from the glass - inky black cherry, cocoa, hints of saddle leather and motor oil.

On the palate, it is a younger, more fruity experience. Soft blackberries first rise to the roof of your mouth, trickled down your cheeks and tongue with light, prickly acids. A touch of dry tannins leaves a furry note on the modest, fruited finish. Three stars out of five on the Spirit of Wine scale.

Updated Review, a year and a half later, January, 2011:  The purple has burned off from the color.  The nose seems a bit muted, but carrying the same aromas.  Still a fruity experience on the palate, but bolder now, mellower, rounder - overall, more mature and balanced.  The blackberry entry comes on with immediate furry tannins, balanced with the light acids.  Some milk chocolate elements come in on the finish.  Adding a plus for balance to the three stars, making this a good value.

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