2017 Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, USA (750ml)
At first a bit reticent and brooding, with a swirl and a breath of air the 2017 Staglin Cabernet awakens into an energetic cascade of red and black fruit deepened by dollops of earth, resinous woods and pinched herbs. An opening blast of tar inflected boysenberry and black cherry glides into a granular midpalate of star anise infused cassis and molasses-drizzled warm figs complexed with notes of camphor, seasoned alder and hint of hyssop that is surprisingly approachable, finely-grained and imminently enjoyable now.
Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Plenty of blueberry, blackcurrant, spearmint and mint aromas. Medium body and extremely fine tannins. Firm and toned. Really subtle and racy. Refined and focused. Restrained. This is very polished. Fresh. Want to drink it now, but a couple of years will help. Drink after 2022.
-James Suckling, 94 pts
This packs juicy blackberry and boysenberry flavors together, along with licorice, apple wood and tar notes. On the extracted side, but shows brambly energy throughout for balance. The fruit persists on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2032.
-Wine Spectator, 93 pts
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