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Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
  • WE 95
  • RP 93
  • WS 91
  • CG 90
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Winemaker Notes

After a cold and wet beginning, the 2005 vintage developed into a wonderfully moderate growing season that had plenty of sun and some decent hot temperatures, but contained no really aggressive heat spikes. This helped the grapes to mature very evenly and deeply with beautifully ripe flavors and rich, round tannins and allowed us to pick the vineyard calmly over several weeks when each block had reached its peak.

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Critical Acclaim

WE 95
Wine Enthusiast

Black in color, glyceriney. Massive, deep, tremendous. Some will find it overpowering in New World extraction, but it's a real beauty in that style. Explodes in black currants, chocolate and new oak, almost overripe, with suggestions of raisins. Almost dessert-like, but stays dry and elegant. Defines modern Napa Valley cult Cabernet Sauvignon.

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

Staglin's primary red wine is their estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from their beautifully manicured and cared-for vineyards in the hillsides of Rutherford. None other than David Abreu looks after the viticulture, and of course that means yields are frightfully low. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a Bordeaux-like, cedary nose intermixed with black currants, crushed rocks, smoke, and earth. The wine has beautiful texture, lots of layers, depth, richness, and a long finish. The overall impression is one of elegance and restraint, but without sacrificing richness. This wine should evolve nicely for at least two decades.

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WS 91
Wine Spectator

Smooth and fleshy, with an appealing mix of spicy red currant, black cherry, plum and light cedary oak, joined by a loamy earthiness. Gains velocity and length, while remaining elegant and supple.

CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide

The distinct dusty spice of Rutherford overlies elements of black tea and currants in the deep, yet still somewhat backward nose of this bottling, yet the wine's flavors are riper and rather more forward than expected and are not quite so deep in fruit. Things tighten up in the latter-going even though tannins are not at all overbearing, and a wait of three to five years seems to be what is required here.

Staglin Family Vineyard

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Staglin Family Vineyard, Napa Valley, California
Staglin
Founded in 1985 by Shari, Garen, Brandon and Shannon, Staglin Family Vineyard takes pride in the tradition of family ownership and participation. With an uncompromising commitment to quality, their mission is to produce world-class wines that reflect the distinctive character of this historic Rutherford Bench estate. As stewards of this land, they farm the vineyard organically, tap into their solar fields for power and produce the wines in a state-of-the-art underground production facility.... View More