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This immense, deeply fruited, lavishly oaked wine is all about the future, and, despite showing loads of highly concentrated, black currant character, it is prohibitively tannic for near term drinking. It is also as rich and as precise in its varietal Cabernet Sauvignon focus as any wine tasted in some time. Everything about this one speaks to depth and longevity, and it is likely to need a decade or more before hitting its stride. But, few wines are its equal for classic flavors even now and fewer still will match its progress in the fullness of time.
Rich, focused, supple, plush and layered, showing amazing purity of flavor, with tiers of black currant, black cherry, mineral, sage, anise and cedar. Yet for all its flavor, it's the seductive textural fleshiness that's perhaps most striking.
Garen and Shari Staglin founded their Family winery, located in Rutherford, Napa Valley, in 1985. The 50-acre vineyard was passed through the hands of several different proprietors that made it famous for producing premium wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sangiovese. The land lies on an alluvial fan of volcanic soils at the base of Mount St. John which creates a unique microclimate for the vines that were first planted in the mid-1860s.
As a family, they made a commitment to quality and a mission to produce world-class wines that represent the unique character of the historic Rutherford estate. As administrators of this land, they farm organically, use solar fields for power, and produce the wines in a modern underground production facility. The Staglin family is not only passionate about their business model and their land but the philanthropy which they started as a means to raise mental health awareness. This passion is evident when you enjoy their wines.
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