2003 Staglin "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's 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. (RP)
*Cellar Selection* What a wonderfully rewarding wine. So delicious and 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.
This shows superb richness, depth and length. Full body with wild dried fruit: apple pie and dried mango. Long and intense. Right on.
Pure, clean and elegant, with ripe, rich red and dark berry fruit and touches of red and black licorice and savory herb. Dries midpalate, losing velocity.—2003 California Cabernet blind retrospective (July 2013). Drink now through 2019. (JL, Web-2013)