2001 Staglin Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (etched Rusty Staub Foundation bottle)
One of the best Rutherford wines of the vintage. Dramatically concentrated, everything's on steroids, but controlled and beautiful. Very ripe and plush, oaky and young, fabulously expressive. Flavors are of black currants, sweet cherries, vanilla, smoke. A perfect expression of youthful brilliance and ageworthiness.
*Three Stars* A worthy successor to last year's stellar offering, this bottling is deep, ripe, complex and compelling. Its extraordinarily inviting aromas of currants, sweet earth, root beer and toasted caramel are both open in style and still-developing in cast, and together with the wine's wholly convincing flavors and not immoderate tannins, promise further glories to come with bottle age. It favors ripeness and heat a bit much for absolute perfection, but set it aside for five years at least and let the wine grow into itself. The rewards will be worth the wait.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A very strong showing for this wine, which is the quintessential Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, with loads of earthy soil undertones intermixed with sweet kirsch and black currant fruit. Some underbrush notes interwoven with forest floor and black currants hit the palate with resounding authority, yet retain their elegance and finesse in this medium to full-bodied wine, which is approaching full maturity. It should continue to drink well for another 15 or more years. (RP)
A wonderful orchestration of ripe fruit. Smooth, rich and harmonious, with layers of plum, wild berry, blackberry, black olive and spice. Tightly focused, with a fleshy texture, layers of complexity and depth and a long, persistent finish that keeps you coming back for another sip. (JL)