This past weekend we picked up a bottle of the 2006 Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to go along with dinner. Having not tried an Oberon as yet, we weren’t quite sure what to expect.
Oberon Wines are produced by Rob Mondavi, Jr. and include Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are purposefully designed to be consumed in the shorter term, and the 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. Oberon sources fruit from several prime Napa Valley AVAs, including Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap and other “emerging sub-appellations”.
The wine showed a deep, dark purple in the glass and we got hints of dark fruit (plums, cherry, raspberry, etc.) on the nose along with a hint of oak. Unquestionably, the overriding scent was that of chocolate with hints of caramel, which when combined with the dark fruits made us very excited to give it a taste.
We first tasted the dark fruits and noticed a nice balance and subtle acidity as well as ample (but not overly so) oak flavors. The chocolate hints we got on the nose were immediately identified as more toffee-like flavors in the mouth, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
We saw the ’06 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for sale at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa for $25 per 750ml bottle. We picked-up our bottle at our local Whole Foods Market, where it was priced just under $23 per 750ml bottle and was on-sale for less than $19 per bottle (which you can also find it for at various online retailers).
If you’re a fan of Napa Valley Cabernet, then for that money (sub $20), you can’t go wrong with this wine.