STAGLIN Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2004, 93 points

STAGLIN Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2004

One of my favorites. Bold, rich and plush, and this wine has balanced nicley, with plum, wild berry blueberries and smoky mocha-laced oak that’s woven into the flavor. Nice dark purle, close to a light brown. Focused, deep and persistent. Has a long palate , with a nutmeg scent. This is a deep serious wine. Could use a few more years but if you decant for about an hour you will love it. I visited the winery and it is an impressive operation. The family takes pride in their property and wine making. Michael Roland was involved with the making while I was there.

This is a define try. About 150-175 per bottle so it’s not your average table wine.

From Staglin’s Website:

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Fredrik Johansson:

The 2004 vintage provided classic growing conditions for our Cabernet vines. After an early warming trend in March and April, a trouble-free bloom and berry set was followed by sustained sunshine and heat, evenly ripening the grapes for fully developed flavors.

This wine displays a nose profuse with spice and cedar infused black cherries and currants followed by a rich palate of spicy red and black cherries, chocolate covered plums and blueberries with a tease of black olives lurking in the background. The voluminous mid-palate exits with a beautifully textured undercurrent of spice and white pepper that carries through to a lengthy finish that is inflected with hints of earth and mushrooms. This wine is already showing beautifully and will continue to develop more complexity as it ages for 5-10 years.

Reviews by Wine Experts:

James Laube, Wine Spectator, Oct. 15, 2007
STAGLIN Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2004– Bold, rich and plush, this is impeccably balanced, with ripe, complex plum, wild berry and smoky mocha-laced oak that’s woven into the flavor profile. Focused, deep and persistent. Has a long, complex aftertaste, with a nutmeg scent. Best from 2009 through 2015. (93 points)

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 2006
2004 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon– The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dense purple color, more obvious tannin, and a more masculine style than the 2003. It’s a bigger wine with additional notes of scorched earth, blueberries, blackberries, and heady cassis. Unlike most 2004 Napa Cabernets, this weighty effort will require some bottle aging. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and consume it over the following two decades.” (92 points)

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  • Horthon says:

    Hell Ya, I agree. Great description and I felt the same way. Keep em comming. Im going to get some of your suggested wine reviews.

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