Heaven in a bottle!
To my dismay, I only purchased 3 bottles of this wonderful wine. There are so many positives about it, I don't really know where to start. A bouquet second to none. Entry is probably the classiest I have ever experienced in a red. I don't know any other way to describe it, other than "Heaven in a bottle." Mid palate is great as is the finish, though the finish may be just a tad short, that is my only criticism, and I can't in good faith rate that a criticism. This winemaker and his use of these grapes is just pure genius!
So very smooth despite relatively young age. Even with very little decanting this bottle composed itself and went along with a skirt steak and vegetable dinner. Mild oak and earthy spices are prominent throughout, with dark red fruits playing a backround role. Really like the balanced, yet mildly dry rendition here. A-/93
Nice and smooth!
2006 Bugay Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a pretty good wine, especially after breathing for a few minutes. Recommended.
Decanted and enjoyed this wine on the deck with my bride. One of the best wines we've had from wineaccess. Smooth as silk with vevet tannins. We're thankfull that it was offered again and have more on the way. Cheers!
A truly excellent wine. Smooth, savory, perfumed. Everything I desire from a fine California Cabernet and then some.
This is a dry wine with a rich texture. The flavors: black currant, black berry, tobacco, and hints of cedar.
Fruity ... tasty ... delicious.
Really loved the Empress
Has wonderful fruit notes and bit of tobacco. Glad I ordered a case!!!
tremendous value, silky smooth
Very nice, but not sure worth the price. Would give it a 4.5, but rounded up to 5.
Over the top....
This wine was is truly amazing.....velvety, structured, berries, slight smoke, slight green olives.....we were really blown away. I bought 2 cases to split with 2 friends, but I lost the e-mails that they were "in".....
2006 Bugay Cab
by Matlock 14106597
Big and bold, full of berry flavors. My wife and I loved this wine. What a smokin' deal at virtually half price from Wine Access!
A fantastic cab with great fruit, bouquet, body, and finish. Had it with roast lamb--wonderful combo. It's supple and thought-provoking; a memorable wine. After dinner we broke out sauternes and dessert but I decided to stick with the Bugay and finish it off.
Solid 4 Star
Solid structure with prickly blackberry & black currant. Seems litlle short on finish.
A nice find
Fruit forward, nice nose, and low acidity. Drinkable and even without food. Just the way that I like it.
by Huston, Jr10776491
Dark fruit/berry, spice and oak. Long finish. Smooth.
Light nose, hint of earthiness and oak. Fruit builds quickly with the medium tannins that accumulate on the palate. Not a big cab but very drinkable now.
2nd time a charm
Opened a bottle, it seemed a little corked. Just not all that pleasant. Second bottle was alot better after decanting...
Classic structured cab, no fruit bomb here
One of the best I've bought from Wine Access. Many have been high-alcohol fruit bombs that lacked structure. This one has structure to spare. Real live tannins, acid and classic cab fruit. It tasted great but ideally could use several more years in the bottle. It didn't quite have the fruit concentration of the big hitter cabs like Dalla Valle or Hillside Select but it was under $40. I'm very happy I have a few more bottles.
By naming anything as the empress you better be able to pull it off and they sure did with this smooth ymmy cab
Wine Well Age
Looking up the winery gave me the drinking window, now -2021. We opened a bottle 30 min breathing time, Very mature foundation,nice shoulders even taste. I can see how it can cellar for that long. Recommend this wine Yes.
A silky surprise
by Villarreal Jr13682134
I, WILL buy more as soon as I can find it!
Having bought the 2006 and 2005, I continue to find these too sweet. Just not a great Cabernet for me.
Not to my taste
Too much oak, not enough fruit-harsh notes. Would not recommend. Will probably lay the remaining bottles down for a good long period and hope some sort of positive transformation occurs.