Black Stallion 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
A former Wine Enthusiast Magazine pick as one of the 30 best Napa Cabs Under $30! Located right on the Silverado Trail, the Black Stallion Estate winery is named in honor of the former Silverado Horsemen's Center that was once located there. The winery is owned by a family with a history spanning three generations and more than 85 years. The family is very involved with all aspects, producing fine Napa Valley Cab from vineyards throughout the valley. This 2013 is a blend of grapes sourced from Rutherford, Oak Knoll, Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Diamond Mountain, Mount Veeder, Spring Mountain and Stag's Leap. Each lot of grapes is vinified separately. It's a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 1% Petite Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Syrah aged 16 months in 80% French and 20% American oak. James Suckling scored it 93 points saying "This is extremely fine and focused with ultra-fine tannins and a beautiful black currant and spearmint undertone. Full and fruity. Yet reserved and interesting. A triumph for the price. Drink or hold." and this 2013 is a Platinum Medal winner with a score of 96 points in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition. They said "A remarkable value from the Napa Valley, the Black Stallion 2013 cabernet is expressive on the nose with notes of violet and cassis, characteristics that are mirrored on the palate. The wine delivers exceptional purity of fruit, is well balanced and finishes with a seductive spice note."
I agree with James Suckling's assessment of the 2013 Black Stallion. An exceptional California Cabernet Sauvignon for a third of the price of comparable wines from the storied Napa region. Robert Smart