Sipping 1998 Staglin Cabernet with Gary Vaynerchuk, 92 points

Sipping Staglin Cabernet with Gary Vaynerchuk 1998

In Ft Lauderdale today with Gary Vaynerchuk for meetings.  We opened up a 1998 Staglin and I was

a little surprised how earthy the 98 was.  As Gary said, “really Stinky”,  that’s kind of in a good way.  I love Staglin and it is one of my favorite wines.  However this 98 was not as good as the 2004′s I have been drinking.  I feel that the 98 is not a fruity and complex as the 2000, 03 and 04.  It was very monotone.  Don’t get me wrong though, in the world of wine this was outstanding.

Nose of  plum, cedar and black currant. Very earthy nose that also has some green pepper. Smooth on the palate with vanilla, plum,however it was just smooth and did not have many peaks and valleys.  Lots of cigar in it.  It did have some spice and darkness on the finish. I wanted soo much to love this but it is obvious that the 98 needs to be drank now.  It is loosing it’s track on the fruit.  I felt if I decanted for a while it might have been better.  I will do that on the next round and let you know.  Overall I say get on this wine.  But I suggest the 04 before the 98.  Over 200 bucks on the 98 so give it a swing if you can to experience this producer.

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From their site:

This wine jumps from the glass with an animated nose of flowers, black cherries and ripe plums liberally inflected with aromas of cedar shavings, cigar box, wet river rocks and graphite…

David Abreu farms our vineyard organically (and very carefully!) to bring forth intense flavors from our Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Chardonnay grapes. After fermentation, Fredrik ages our Cabernets in 100% new French oak for 20-24 months. This combination of nurtured terroir and gentle encouragement in the winery gives our Cabernets in particular a “Rutherford Dust” tannin characteristic, special to our part of the Napa Valley. And , because of the Burgundian low malolactic, moderate oak style in which we make our Chardonnays, they appeal to many people who usually prefer red wines

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