2013 Black Stallion Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1248557 93 points James Suckling

 This is extremely fine and focused with ultra-fine tannins and a beautiful black currant and spearmint undertone. Full and fruity. Yet reserved and interesting. A triumph for the price. Drink or hold.  (1/2016)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 The Indelicato family makes this wine at their Napa Valley property, using grapes from Oak Knoll, Rutherford, Atlas Peak and Oakville. It shows the quality of the 2013 vintage in deep, plummy flavors and warm notes of exotic spice. The tannins add umami breadth with scents of black mushrooms and earth. Ready to enjoy with braised lamb.  (4/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 An affordable appellation wine, there's an introductory whiff of meaty bacon that signals full-bodied goodness, followed by soft, integrated layers of cherry and vanilla. Thick and densely concentrated, it's drinking well now and should please many palates.  (7/2016)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
One of the ways that you start feeling old in this business is you start remembering what certain wines were priced when you started in the industry. While I’ve certainly paid my dues, I’m long from the number of years that my co-workers Jim Barr or Ralph Sands have put into the wine business; however, I can still remember plenty of wines that were much more reasonably priced in years past. But there is one place that always takes the cake in terms of price increases, and that is Cabernet from Napa Valley. Year after year it seems like every winery is raising their prices and not by a tiny percentage but by 5%-10% year over year. The idea of a $15 Napa Valley Cab is fairly absurd in this day in age and anything under $30 is rare to say the least. So when the 2013 Black Stallion Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon came across my desk I was certainly excited.
Made by the Delicato family in a stunning facility that used to be a horse stable and indoor track on the Silverado Trail, this is a rarity for Napa Valley Cabernet in that it has true value and is still 100% Napa Valley fruit. Ripe, plush and full of heady aromas of black cherry, pipe tobacco, torched sugar and cured olives this offers tons of Cabernet varietal character and the unmistakable intensity of Napa Valley. Open-knit and immensely drinkable, this fleshy, rich and fully formed Cabernet has gobs of black currant hard candy, black licorice ropes, sage, lavender and unsweetened cocoa powder to glide over a seamless and velvety mouthfeel. $25 for Cabernet like this out of Napa Valley is just unheard of in today’s day and age. Be sure to get some while that is still possible. Sadly, I don’t think it will be under $30 for that much longer.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
Black Stallion has brought to us a Napa Cab of great quality that's under $30. Full-bodied and plush, this wine displays black and purple fruit, well-integrated tannin and a silky smooth finish. Feel free to drink now, no cellaring needed.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
Despite its reasonable price-point, this wine is hitting all the right notes for a Napa Cab. There are deep flavors of blue and black fruit, pepper, mocha, leather, with a touch of anise on the finish. It has great tannin structure and acid so it is drinking great now and probably will for several years to come.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
Black Stallion Winery has only been around since 2007 and has already developed a reputation for producing some of Napa's best value driven wines. The 2013 Napa cab is forward and plummy, showing notes of blackberry preserve, mocha, cedar and baking spices. This is a short term hold; no need to cellar this wine. Just pull the cork and enjoy!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5