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Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • WS94
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Winemaker Notes

"...offers a dense purple color, abundant aromas of creme de cassis, spice box, cedar, and Chinese black tea, velvety tannins, and full-bodied power. This complex Cabernet can be drunk over the next 15+ years."
- Wine Advocate

With saturated ruby and hints of black colors, the 2003 STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD reveals an intense bouquet of blackcurrant, ripe plum, black cherry, interspersed with nuances of cedar and black olive, distinctive of the Rutherford dust. Very rich and full-bodied, this wine offers the same ripe fruit impressions on the palate. The mouth feel is creamy with delicious velvet tannins, which lead to a long finish. This 2003 STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD is already showing beautifully and will continue to develop superbly for 10-15 years.

Critical Acclaim

RP 97
The Wine Advocate

A striking, provocative, complex set of aromatics jump from the glass of this dense plum/purple-colored wine. Beautiful plum, anise and black currant fruit characteristics are found in this voluptuously textured, opulent, full-bodied wine. This compelling effort from the Staglin Family appears to be close to full maturity given its impressive aromatics and silky mouthfeel, but its impeccable balance suggests it will last another 15+ years.

WS 94
Wine Spectator

elegant it dazzles, staying firm throughout, and getting even better through the finish. It's sweetly, opulently ripe, showing a panoply of red and black cherry and mocha flavors wrapped into ripe, dusty, fine tannins. Defines classic Rutherford. Decant if you drink now, or hold through 2020. Cellar Selection.

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Staglin Family Vineyard

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Staglin Family Vineyard, , 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. The Staglins are passionate about their business, their land, their philanthropy and for the meaningful relationships they develop with each passing day. They hope this passion is evident when you enjoy their wines.

Mourvedre

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Never lacking in color, tannin, or bold, mouth-filling texture, Mourvèdre is most commonly deployed to provide substance in blends with Grenache and Syrah/Shiraz. Despite being better known by its French name, Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance, originally known as Monastrell. In Spain, it is one of the most commonly planted red grapes, serving as the principal variety in regions such as Alicante, Jumilla, and Yecla. It truly thrives, however, in Provence’s Bandol region, where it produces singular red and rosé wines along with Grenache and [Cinsault]. It is also of great importance in the Southern Rhône alongside Grenache and Syrah—and in California and Australia, where those blends are frequently mimicked.

In the Glass

Mourvèdre/Monastrell is responsible for robust, heady wines with dark berry fruit and a somewhat gamey quality. At its finest, it takes on brambly red and black fruit flavors and hints of herbs, leather, dark chocolate, and licorice. It can be prohibitively tannic in its youth, but well-aged examples can show an impressive degree of elegance and an attractive perfume. In blends with Grenache and Syrah, Mourvèdre provides fleshy texture, tannic structure, and deep color.

Perfect Pairings

This earthy Mediterranean variety loves rustic food—think cassoulet, wild boar ragu, or smoky ribs. Mourvèdre’s tannins are bold but not bitter, lending the wine the weight and texture it needs to pair with such hearty fare.

Sommelier Secret

Mourvèdre used to have significant plantings in California, but it was unfashionable and its presence was quickly declining in the late 20th century. In the 1980s, a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley (aptly named the Rhône Rangers) brought the variety back into the spotlight. Plantings have since increased and “GSM” blends are now a highly-regarded specialty of the Central Coast.

MPO91715_2003 Item# 91715

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