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Black Stallion

Cabernet Sauvignon,
 2018

$27.99 $23.99/bottle

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Description

This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a diverse range of vineyards each contributing unique influences resulting in an elegant, expressive wine.  Supple tannins support the wine’s deep cherry and plum character

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley, California
Winemaker: Black Stallion Estate Winery
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.5%

Winemaker's Notes

This rich, fruit-forward wine calls for succulent, flavorful dishes such as grilled tenderloin with roasted shallots, creamy blue cheeses, pepper-rubbed pork chops or duck breast with grilled plums

John's Notes

I first tried Black Stallion’s Cabernet Sauvignon when I brought a bottle of the 2016 vintage to an Italian dinner with friends a while back. Since then, I’ve received multiple requests to get more, and absolutely jumped on the chance when the 2018 became available.  Much like the 2016, the 2018 vintage is highly acclaimed featuring rich dark berries and silky smooth tannins.  Definitely worth a try

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Black Stallion Estate Winery, winemaker Ralf Holdenried

  • Black Stallion Estate Winery is named in honor of the historic Silverado Horseman’s equestrian center that once graced the property
  • The property was purchased in 2010 by the Indelicato family, a fourth-generation family-owned company founded in 1924
  • Sourcing from the most prestigious vineyards, the winery is committed to making only the most expressive wines

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Napa Valley, California

Climate/Vintage:

  • The 2018 growing season started after the February rains, which were a good omen to the seven months of grape growing that followed.  Mild spring weather made for an extended bloom and a later set, the conditions were perfect – more sunshine, mild temperatures, and no winds.  Clusters saw little shatter, making for uniform set. The fruit ripened beautifully during the summer months and kept the vineyard team busy managing canopy growth.  From June to early August, temperatures were steady and warm, with no heat spikes, creating the most ideal conditions for the final stretch. Veraison continued over an extended period, allowing for balanced fruit development while maintaining bright, fresh, clean fruit flavors

Viticulture:

  • At Black Stallion, the search for greatness means boots in the vineyard, checking on vine growth and grape development all year long. It means tasting grapes rather than looking at lab reports to determine the perfect moment to pick. It means harvesting and sorting fruit by hand. Black Stallion Winery’s small scale means that each lot of grapes that arrives at harvest is treated individually, and receives a unique upbringing to bring out its full potential for excellence
  • Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is made from a blend of vineyards from across Napa Valley, composed of grapes from vineyards located in the high elevation mountains (Atlas Peak and Diamond Mountain) on both sides of the valley. These mountain top vineyards are known for creating wines with intense power and concentration. The other portion of this wine comes from the Valley’s lower elevations (Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, Yountville, and other vineyards throughout), which help to balance and soften the texture of the complete blend

Winemaking:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary varietal used in this vintage. Our grapes are handpicked during the early morning hours at optimal ripeness. Upon arrival at the winery, we hand sort the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit before it is destemmed into small fermentation tanks
  • After a few days of cold soaking, the must is gently warmed, and yeast was added to initiate fermentation. We ‘pump-over’ many times during the 14 – 21-day fermentation, allowing for maximum extraction of fruit flavor, color and tannin from the skins. We then allowed the free run wine to gravity flow from the skins directly to barrel. The skins were gently pressed, the wine going to barrels to mature separately
  • After fermentation, wine is drained using gravity (not pumps) and aged in the finest oak barrels. The gentle handling of the wine prevents the extraction of harsh components that could impart bitterness
  • The wines were allowed to mature for 18 months in barrel (65% new French oak for 18 months) before being blended and prepared for bottling

Alcohol:  14.5%

pH:  3.67

Pairs Well With: Braised short ribs, prime aged steaks, aged cheeses

Reviews

James Suckling (92): Blackcurrant, clove, walnut and dried lavender on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Structured and precise with dark berries and cocoa on the finish

 

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