Staglin Family Vineyard
2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford, Napa Valley
"The effusive 2010 Cabernet has an animated nose of red and black fruits emboldened by a rich, resin-y undercurrent of tar, licorice with a camphor and rosemary herbal lift... Though drinking well now, the dense, compacted layers of this wine will continue to reveal additional treasure with more time in the bottle."
BY WINEMAKER FREDRIK JOHANSSON
The 2010 growing season was challenging, uneven and hard to predict with a wet and cool spring, a beautiful June, a foggier and cooler than normal summer that culminated in the seismic heat-spike of late August followed by two additional spikes in late-September and mid-October. As always, Richard and the crew were up for the challenge and presented me with fruit of a superb quality that earlier in the year I doubted was possible. The one casualty of the vintage was yield – 2010 turned out to be our smallest crop ever.
The effusive 2010 Cabernet has an animated nose of red and black fruits emboldened by a rich, resin-y undercurrent of tar, licorice with a camphor and rosemary herbal lift. The palate turns darker, dominated by black raspberries, blueberries and ripe Damson plums with ribbons of baker’s chocolate dusted by espresso roasted coffee beans and hints of creosote and fresh ground cloves that drive the wine to its substantial yet fine-grained and mineral-driven finish. Though drinking well now, the dense, compacted layers of this wine will continue to reveal additional treasure with more time in the bottle.
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Harvest Dates: October 10 - October 23, 2010
Barrel Aging: 21 months
Oak: 100% French: 89% new, 11% used
Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Robert Parker, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October
2010 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: 97 points
"The sucrosity and richness of the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate are prodigious. This dense purple-colored offering from the famous Rutherford AVA exhibits copious red and black fruits (especially blackberries and dark jammy cherries), an intense mouthfeel and full body, but no heaviness or astringency. There is plenty of structure, the wood is pushed to the background, and the finish lasts 40-45 seconds. This beauty is one of Staglin’s finest wines to date. It should provide plenty of pleasure over the next two decades."
Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine
Cellar, May 2013
2010 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Rutherford: 94 points
"Saturated bright medium ruby. Ripe, expressive nose combines blackberry, cassis, mocha, minerals, licorice, sexy oak tones and Rutherford dust. Plush, sweet and fine-grained, with firm underlying minerality giving class and clarity to the dark fruit flavors. Wonderfully silky, concentrated cabernet with a very long, building finish featuring noble tannins and noteworthy energy. It's possible to enjoy this now owing to its lush texture and sweetness but this knockout cabernet should also age gracefully."
Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate, December
2010 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: 96+ points
"The estate’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with juicy red berries, tar, asphalt, licorice, mint and violets. The 2010 is a little cooler, racier and yet more reticent than the 2009, but that is very much in the style of the year. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame the finish. Hints of mocha, blueberry jam and cloves resonate on the powerful, structured, saline-infused finish. The 2010 is sexy, explosive and striking, but it needs time. With a little air, the wine becomes more delicate and refined. There is a level of nuance and pure class in the 2010 that elevates it to one of the finest and most promising wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030."