2006 Courtney Benham Cabernet
Appelation: Stags Leap, Napa, CA
Tasting Notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.5% ABV. This is another Martin Ray wine; my previous experience with Martin Ray wines has been fairly positive. This one isn’t an exception. Very pretty inky color. Nose is berries, some cherry, a hint of oak, and some licorice. Very nice mouthfeel, big fruit, berries, some cherry. Lush. Lots of acid and some tannins, a hint of mint(?). Juicy. Makes my mouth water. Medium finish. Very nice wine, a big boy, a little rough around the edges. I think another few years in the cellar would make this spectacular. Something I can drink every day, though, and would match very well with a nice big rare steak and creamed spinach.
Rating: 4/5, 16/20, 90/100
Price: $29.99 at Beltway Fine Wine
A note on ratings: I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing. As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases. However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s. I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents. I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score. On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.