PlumpJack Winery is located in the Oakville section of Napa Valley, California. The winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon (one Estate and one Reserve), Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah.
The 2006 PlumpJack Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (100% new) for 21 months. The labeled ABV was 15.2%. The fruit for this bottle was harvested from the McWilliams Oakville Vineyard.
Over the years, I had tasted PlumJack’s Cabernet Sauvignon many times. It has always been an outstanding wine. In June of 2012, I was at a small wine shop in Southern New Jersey, when I came across the 2006 Reserve. I eagerly grabbed the bottle and headed to the checkout. Unfortunately, the bottle was mispriced on the shelf (too good to be true). The actual cost was quite a bit more than what was listed.
Having never come across the Reserve at a retail location, I weighed the odds of finding another. Then, I thought, what would NJ Vinoman do?
I bought the wine.
The wine had a Stelvin closure. Prior to tasting, the wine spent 2 hours in a decanter.
The aromas rising from the glass were powerful and numerous. Black fruit, plum, red berries, strawberry, toffee, and a hint of pepper were all there. The overall effect was quite mouth-watering.
As I took a sip, I tasted black fruit, especially black currant and plum, with a touch of licorice as well. It was delicious. Vanilla notes in the background rounded out the palate superbly. This was a full-bodied, chewy Oakville Cab and I was loving it.
My notes on the finish read “massively long” (this is a good thing). Black fruit and vanilla lingered for some time.
The 2006 PlumpJack Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve retails between $250 and $300. It was a superb wine. While it does not fit everyone’s budget, the price is warranted for a special occasion. I hope you have the opportunity to taste it.