Staglin Family 2011 Estate Rutherford, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points Vinous
Staglin's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon might very well turn out to be one of the best wines of the year. Layered and supple, with no hard edges, the 2011 impresses for its silkiness and overall balance. Dark red/blackish fruits, flowers, lavender, tobacco, grilled herbs. and mint meld together beautifully in the glass. The 2011 isn't a blockbuster, but it is endowed with stunning textural elegance and class. Floral and spiced notes develop in the glass, adding lift and brightness. Production is down sharply in 2011. Staglin bottled 1,500 cases of the Cabernet rather than the more typical 2,300. The 2011 is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. (AG) (11/2013)
92 points James Suckling
A slightly lean wine with dark-chocolate and berry character. Medium body with firm tannins and a juicy finish. Classy and delicious. Very solid for the vintage. (5/2014)
Tasting Notes: Like the midnight sky, the broodingly dark color of the 2011 Staglin serves as a dramatic backdrop and counterpoint to the sparkling liveliness and lift exhibited by this wine. A complex nose of savoryherb and camphor infused blackcurrant and Mission fig is deepened by rich notes of forest floor and green olives with hints of anise. An impeccably balanced and ethereal palate of cinnamon inflected black -and-blueberries melts seamlessly into a silky leather, loam and mineral driven finish that is given a beautifully delicate structure by the super fine-grained tannins that mark the vintage.
Vintage Notes: As a whole, the 2011 growing season was cool and moderate with gobs of sunshine and minimal fog throughout the summer. It started as one of the wettest and longest lasting winters of recent times with treacherous conditions during flowering which naturally limited set and significantly reduced yields. After some unseasonably late rains, a beneficially dry and fog free pattern established itself allowing the vines long, sunlit days to ripen and mature the fruit at lower levels of sugar and higher levels of acid resulting in fresh and expressive wines.
•Release Date: October 1, 2014
•Harvest Dates: October 3 - October 31, 2011
•Barrel Aging: 25 Months
•Oak: 100% French, 95% new, 5% used
•Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot Alcohol 14.1%