2010 Staglin Family "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1145099 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The sucrosity and richness of the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate are prodigious. This dense purple-colored offering from the famous Rutherford AVA exhibits copious red and black fruits (especially blackberries and dark jammy cherries), an intense mouthfeel and full body, but no heaviness or astringency. There is plenty of structure, the wood is pushed to the background, and the finish lasts 40-45 seconds. This beauty is one of Staglin’s finest wines to date. It should provide plenty of pleasure over the next two decades. (RP)  (10/2013)

96 points Vinous

 The estate's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with juicy red berries, tar, asphalt, licorice, mint and violets. The 2010 is a little cooler, racier and yet more reticent than the 2009, but that is very much in the style of the year. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame the finish. Hints of mocha, blueberry jam and cloves resonate on the powerful, structured, saline-infused finish. The 2010 is sexy, explosive and striking, but it needs time. With a little air, the wine becomes more delicate and refined. There is a level of nuance and pure class in the 2010 that elevates it to one of the finest and most promising wines of the vintage. Winemaker Fredrik Johansson has done a fabulous job with these new releases. My impression is that the wines could be even better with a little more risk taking, but then again, that isn't everyone's cup of tea. Either way, the Staglin wines are of note this year and point to an estate that may finally be finding a consistently high level. Johansson describes 2009 as a year with powerful tannins that called for extended macerations. The 2010s, from a cold vintage with a challenging set, a small crop and no heat spikes, saw shorter macerations as Johansson was less enamored with the quality of the skins. (AG)  (12/2012)

94 points James Suckling

 Aromas of walnut, dark berries and blueberries. Some mint. Full body with silky, refined tannins and an orange-peel, berry and Thai-mint aftertaste. Better in a year or two but beautiful now.  (5/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated bright medium ruby. Ripe, expressive nose combines blackberry, cassis, mocha, minerals, licorice, sexy oak tones and Rutherford dust. Plush, sweet and fine-grained, with firm underlying minerality giving class and clarity to the dark fruit flavors. Wonderfully silky, concentrated cabernet with a very long, building finish featuring noble tannins and noteworthy energy. It's possible to enjoy this now owing to its lush texture and sweetness but this knockout Cabernet should also age gracefully. (ST)  (6/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A bold, rich and plush style, marked by finesse, with expansive dark berry, cedar, green olive and savory herb notes. For all the richness and depth on display, this wine's strengths lie in its smaller details. (JL)  (10/2013)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 ... the wine performs up to expectations and is built along classic Staglin lines with impressively extracted and wonderfully deep fruit played again a wealth of very rich oak. It is big, fully ripe, moderately tannic and just a touch hot, and it hangs on and on at the finish. It has the strength and solidity to age for a very long time, and, even if its hard-to-resist richness is sure to tempt hasty drinking, it deserves no less than six to ten years of age.  (12/2013)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.