1997 Staglin Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A youthful, exciting wine that offers plenty of earth and cassis. It seems tight and closed now, with packed in tannins, a condensed mouthfeel and some mild green pepper notes on the tail end. Definitely a wine for the cellar. Give it some time and it should open up its wings.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This Cabernet includes a touch of Cabernet Franc in its blends, is aged in 100% French oak, and is quickly becoming a classic example of Rutherford Cabernet. The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon offers ripe cassis, new oak, tobacco, and spice box aromas and flavors. Rich, structured, moderately tannic, and long, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring, but should keep well for two decades. (RP)
Very deep crimson. Those warm bricks again! Sweet and rich and opulent. Very flattering and with nice freshness too. Still lots of tannin but this is much more convincing and complex and interesting than the 1996. 18/20 points
90-92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A fine plummy, black truffle and mushroom nose. Very good definition - it becomes smokier the more I nose it. The palate has a fine balance with blackberry and cassis. Quite an attacking wine, one that grabs your attention more than others..." (09/2008)