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The Napa Valley is of course known for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, and while there are many different styles of Cabernet made in Napa, in general when tasting a Napa Cab there are a few key characteristics that we look for: ripe, dark fruit, smooth mouthfeel, and a hint of new French oak. When we tasted the 2006 Darms Lane Cabernet from the Bon Passe vineyard, the first thing we wrote down was “Quintessential Napa Cab.” This one perfectly represents the style of Cabernet that has made Napa famous, right down to the well-deserved $60 price tag. But thanks to Wine Heist, you can secure this beauty at just $37, an incredible 38% off!
The 2006 Darms Lane Napa Cabernet is sourced from the Bon Passe Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa, and crafted by winemaker Brian Mox, also winemaker for the remarkable Lewis Cellars. Deep ruby in color, with a hint of purple, the nose shows intense aromas of blackberry, cherry, and cassis. The palate echoes these dark fruits, along with plum and vanilla. A tiny percentage of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is included in the blend to add another layer of depth. Incredibly polished and smooth, with nice structure and fine tannin, this is classic Napa Cab in the new-school style, and meant for pure hedonistic pleasure in its youth. It could certainly hold at this level for several years in the cellar, but it is drinking so well now, why wait? Serve this with any robust dish, or even enjoy it on its own.
Appellation: Oak Knoll, Napa Valley
Vineyard: Bon Passe Vineyard
Winemaker: Brian Mox
Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 4% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot
Aging: 20 Months - French Oak with small percentages of American and Hungarian Oak
Cases Produced: 420
Carrying on that tradition, Darms Lane is proud to introduce you to our small production, 100% estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Darms Lane focuses on small production of hand crafted fine wines and styles them in the tradition of the Old World, small family-run wineries. They believe farming and wine-making techniques produces a wine that is refined and balanced and promises elegance in the glass to accompany both old and new world cuisine.
Darms Lane, located in the southwestern bench lands of Napa Valley, was established in 1983 as a Chardonnay estate and was known as Crichton Hall Vineyard. The original Chardonnay vines were replaced in 2002 and 2003 by the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
Learn more at www.darmslanewine.com.