2001 Staglin Family "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1008115 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (12/2004)

94 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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. *Two Stars*  (12/2004)

94 points 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)  (6/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (11/2004)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Cassis, bitter chocolate and strong oak tones on the nose. Intensely flavored and juicy, with fairly intense flavors of currant, licorice, chocolatey oak and herbs. Firm acids frame the wine and give it style. Finishes with firm, toothdusting tannins and repeating notes of oak and herbs. (ST)  (5/2004)

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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.


- 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.
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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.