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.