Cavus

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On the recommendation of Christine Tan, Artisan Wine Depot, I tried the ’06 and the ’04 Cavus Stag’s Leap District Cabernet.  Both had low 90′s ratings from Parker.  The ’07 scored 95 points from Parker.

According to Christine,  a San Francisco Chronicle article on “cult cabs” named Cavus a “Winery to Watch.”   The ’07 vintage only produced 155 cases.

I elected to buy the ’04 and ’06 because they would drink better now, where the ’07 should wait a little longer.

The wine maker is David Phinney, who is responsible for the Orin Swift wines.

The vineyard manager is Jim Barbour, one the the best viticulturists and most respected vineyard managers in the Napa Valley.  Jim has worked with many upper echelon winemakers, including Heidi Barrett (Screaming Eagle), Thomas Brown (Outpost), Philippe Melka (Parallel) and Celia Welch (Scarecrow).

I drank the ’06 and the ’04 with different friends, and both were terrific.  I would buy the ’06 if I were buying more, and would recommend it for those who like Napa Cabs.  I didn’t taste the ’07s, but based on the the ’06 and the Parker rating for the ’07, might be a good buy for holding in the cellar.

The price range is around $80, and Christine still  has a little left.

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