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Black Stallion Estate, Napa Valley 2011
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A relative newcomer to the valley. In 2007 it opened its spacious tasting room in a former equestrian centre in the Oak Knoll AVA at the southern end of Napa Valley. This successfully attracted wine tourists driving along the Silverado Trail. Although Black Stallion own some vineyards, most of the fruit is purchased. In 2010 the winery was bought by Delicato, a large-scale producer with immense vineyards in Monterey. Initial releases of Black Stallion’s Napa Cabernet were often ungainly and even raw, but since 2009 it has been consistently weighty, opulent and delicious. The wine is aged for 18 months in 25% new barriques.
Romain Bourger Very ripe nose of blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar, toast and violet. rocky minerality with a lovely concentration. the rich palate is balanced by a great freshness and round, well-integrated tannins.
Stephen Brook rich, oaky blackberry nose, fully ripe. Good attack, fresh and sleek, silky texture, very polished, vibrant and lively. Carries its alcohol effortlessly and has excellent lift and length with a piquant berry finish. Sweet but not jammy.
Angela Mount Deep scent of dried figs, cardamom and mocha. firm, vigorous structure, packed with super-rich fruit; textured and full, with remarkable freshness for this level of alcohol. Plush and opulent with impressive depth and finish.
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