Staglin Family Vineyard
Rutherford, Napa Valley
"This wine glides over the palate with a seductive and succulent embrace, its deft texture softening the otherwise ample structure..."
$335.00Please call (707) 963-3994 for availability
BY WINEMAKER FREDRIK JOHANSSON
2015 was yet another superb growing season despite some of the challenges we faced with periods of high heat and low humidity. Another warm and dry winter lead to what is becoming the normal ‘early’ budbreak that was primed and boosted by fortuitously timed February rains. The return to warm and dry early spring pushed us through flower and fruit set before the cool spell that affected others, so we saw healthy and normal yields. Then the heat train returned and was indeed full steam ahead throughout the summer, accelerating ripeness and maturity to give us the earliest harvest in the last 12 years.
A study in balance and brinksmanship, the 2015 INEO is at first intense, concentrated and decidedly pungent, but with a gentle swirl and some pause, it pivots and extends, like a ballerina pirouetting on pointe. The dense, dark berried fruit core revolves to reveal ribbons of red, specs of hard candy and a flourish of herbal lift. This wine glides over the palate with a seductive and succulent embrace, its deft texture softening the otherwise ample structure and pulls through the smooth exit towards a stylish finish.
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Harvest Dates: September 11 - September 22, 2015
Barrel Aging: 21 months
Oak: 100% French: 100% new
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
94+ points. "The 2015 Ineo is Staglin's Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend, all from estate fruit. Not surprisingly, the 2015 has a very pronounced Franc character. The firm tannins are going to need a bit of time to settle down. Otherwise, this is nicely done. Production is approximately 78 cases."
-Antonio Galloni, Vinous
93 points. "Slightly deeper purple in color compared to the 2014, the 2015 INEO offers more classic blackcurrants, tobacco, earth and cedar aromas and flavors, and is ripe, medium to full-bodied, and impressively textured. With more texture, depth and richness than the 2014, it will shine for 10-15 years, although it’s drinking beautifully today."