2009 Staglin Family Vineyard "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $175)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is bursting with primal energy. Sweet floral notes meld into juicy red berries, spice box and cedar, all of which are laced together with remarkable elegance. Silky tannins add to an impression of refinement and total finesse. In 2009, Staglin’s Cabernet Sauvignon impresses for its superb delineation and nuance. The 2009 can be enjoyed with minimum cellaring if given a few hours in decanter. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
Glimmers of vanilla and pastry-crust sweetness are comfortably partnered to deep and defined fruit at every step of the way here, and hints of dried flowers slowly come into play as do complexing touches of the classic Rutherford "dust." The wine is moderately full-bodied and lithe on the palate before youthful tannins intervene, and, if far from being polished or anywhere near ready to drink at this point, it is assuredly a keeper and will age famously for a dozen or more years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated medium ruby. Exotic crushed berries, mocha and lead pencil on the nose; a bit less complex than the 2010. Chewy and strong if a bit rougher and warmer than the young '10, with black cherry and licorice flavors joined by smoke, loam and chocolatey oak. Ultimately pliant and sweet but the substantial dusty tannins will require at least three or four years to harmonize. 92(+?)? points
This pure, elegant red delivers supple, refined red berry, black cherry and subtle spicy-floral scents. Offers less richness than some Staglins, yet shows delicacy and finesse. Drink now through 2024.