2006 Juslyn Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Napa Valley
Expert Ratings
RP 95 points
RP 94-96+ points
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Robert Parker's '06 Cabernet Scoreboard
Wine Retail Price Rating
Schrader Cellars "Old Sparky" $1650 100
Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Vineyard $365 99
Colgin "Herb Lamb" $375 96
Juslyn "Spring Mountain" $75 95
Screaming Eagle $1650 95
Spottswoode $150 95
Bryant Family $500 94+
Scarecrow $650 94+
Plumpjack Reserve $300 94
Parker's 95pt Scoreboard

Bill Harlan is rumored to do it at Harlan Estate and Bond. Maybe it's a strategy practiced by Bryant Family, Screaming Eagle or Colgin. But very few of the Napa Valley elite have the guts to do what Perry Butler's been doing at his Spring Mountain stronghold.

While production is tiny of Craig MacLean's Juslyn Cabernet Sauvignons, Butler still holds back a healthy chunk of each vintage, banking on the phenomenal age-worthiness of these lusciously sculpted powerhouses, drawn off this steep, rock-strewn hillside some 800 feet up Spring Mountain Road.

The Wine Advocate's first review of the monumental 2006 Juslyn Cabernet Sauvignon-- a release that now, five years after bottling, appears to be the greatest ever off the Butlers' rugged perch -- suggested that this gorgeously wound-up blockbuster would continue to 'evolve over the next 20-25 years.' Most would have blown out every bottle on the spot. But Butler hadn't deployed a team of workers to carve Cabernet plants into the rocky substrata just to turn a quick dime. Teased by Parker's suggestion of longevity, Perry sold off enough to keep the bankers happy, then cellared the rest.

We've been following this signature Craig MacLean powerhouse for almost as long as RP has. Tasted just before bottling, in late 2008, Parker called it "an authoritative, complex wine that should drink beautifully for two decades," rating it 94-96+ points. A year later, Parker returned, this time lathering on juicier adjectives, describing one of the top rated Napa Cabernets of that Indian summer harvest as "one of the great successes for mountain Cabernets … displaying dense purple color along with a beautiful bouquet of spring flowers, blue and black fruits, and graphite." Then The Wine Advocate split the difference, coming in at a solid 95 -- right alongside Screaming Eagle (95pts -- $1650/bottle), Spottswoode (95pts -- $150), Colgin "Herb Lamb" Vineyard (96pts -- $375) and Bryant Family (94+pts -- $500).


Tasting Notes

2006 Juslyn Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District Napa Valley
"The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain is one of the great successes for mountain Cabernets. Made from 100% estate fruit, it displays a dense purple color along with a beautiful bouquet of spring flowers, blue and black fruits, and graphite. The perfumed aromatics are accompanied by sweet tannin, full-bodied power, and a beautiful integration of wood, acidity, and tannin. This is a strikingly graceful, elegant Cabernet with considerable flavor intensity. It should evolve for 15-20 years."
95 points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate -- December 2009

"This is an authoritative, complex wine that should drink beautifully for two decades. The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain Estate (primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) boasts a dense purple color along with a big, sweet perfume of creme de cassis, incense, licorice, cedar, and flowers. It is full-bodied and more broodingly backward than the Perry's Blend, with exceptional purity, flavor depth, and sweet tannins. Enjoy this beautiful Cabernet over the next 20-25+ years."
94-96+ points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate -- December 2008

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