Both 2013 Cabernet Sauvignons are in bottle, and both are absolutely magnificent wines, probably the two finest Cabernets made by the Staglins to date. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford (14.9% alcohol) has a stunning fragrance of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers (or is it violets?), sweet blackcurrant and black raspberry fruit, and a layered, opulent, rich and full-bodied mouthfeel. Add to that striking purity, equilibrium, and serious but finely grained tannins, and this is their finest Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon made to date. It has at least 30-40 years of life ahead of it. (RP)
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is deep, rich and voluptuous, with striking depth and nuance. Black cherry, smoke, licorice, leather and cloves are some of the signatures that flesh out in the glass. Broad and ample, the Cabernet Sauvignon offers notable personality and plenty of its signature classiness. Mocha, chocolate, spice and new leather shape the inviting finish. These 2013s from Staglin and winemaker Fredrik Johansson are every bit as good as they were from barrel. Like many of his colleagues, Johansson shortened maceration times because he did not want to overextract the wines. As a result, these are some of the most supple, forward 2013s I tasted this fall. The wines are quite attractive and should drink well with minimal time in bottle, although I wish they had a bit more energy and tension, both of which are such deep signatures of the vintage. (AG)
A ripe and generous red with ripe berry, smoky meat and leather. Full-bodied, round and velvety. Extremely rich style for 2013. Drink or hold.
Pure and rich, this offers a little bit of everything. Marked by supple, well-defined black cherry, plum, wild berry, mineral, dusty earth and cedar notes, this is impressive on the finish, maintaining elegance and finesse amid firming tannins. (JL)
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