Staglin Family Vineyard Estates Rutherford Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, $160.99-$185.99, 96 points, appeared crushed black currant and boysenberry until it drapes at the leggy glass wall with a clear surface rim.
Cherry blossom and fruit with hints of black currant and toasty earth on the nose were exquisite.
Full bodied with near perfect balance of acidity and restrained, but powerful tannin (more cellar time suggested).
Lush black fruit throughout, accented with flavor notes of chocolate, truffle, tobacco, and herbs were delicious.
Finished very long with mint, bright white pepper, and escalating heat (14.9% alcohol) left me a bit without words. Nice!
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