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2013 Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon,
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, United States

As Purchased At Staglin Family Vineyard, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage:
2013
Location:
Rutherford,
Napa Valley, California,
United States
Producer:
Staglin Family Vineyard
Alcohol:
14.9%

RATING
96

PRICE
$260
Review Date:
May 26, 2018
Recommended Drinking Window:
2015-2040
Purchase Location:
Staglin Family Vineyard,
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
Newsletter Issue:
Non-Newsletter
Wonderful Napa Valley Cab from a fine family of winemakers.  Aromas of black fruit, pencil lead and leather followed by savory forrest floor all jump out at you.  This lush wine has a perfect blend of acidity, alcohol, flavor intensity and length with a well balanced finish. Yes, you pay for what you get and at $260, one may look to catch lightning in a bottle with a lower priced Cab.  I will warn you, it will be difficult to find a wine of this caliber at a better price.

The winemaker says:

“Simply put, the 2013 growing season was spectacular. An early bud break was followed by an extended stretch of warm weather that promoted rapid early season development while the dry conditions limited vigor in the vines. Nearly ideal conditions during flowering resulted in a great fruit set. Very warm and dry weather continued through the late spring and into the early summer establishing compact vines. And just when we began to have a few concerns about the extended stretch of warm weather, daytime temps came down a bit starting in the midsummer almost as if we ordered them, nicely slowing down ripening and allowing flavors to develop more deeply. These spectacular conditions continued through the end of the summer and deep into the autumn, allowing us to pick each batch of fruit at optimal maturity over the course of several weeks.”

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