Nestled among lush vineyards and olive trees, Black Stallion Estate Winery was inspired by the property’s rich equestrian history and reflected in its exceptional wine.
Under the watchful eye of winemaker Ralf Holdenried select grapes from the region’s best vineyards with a concentration on site-specific winemaking. The cycle from grapevine to wine glass is a lifetime occupation.
“Once you start working with grapes, you never get bored,” Holdenreid said. “There is always something new to explore. I’m intrigued by the details, and no year is ever the same.”
The flagship Black Stallion Estate Winery 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($30) is a thoroughbred. It includes fruit from various AVA’s that contributes to the final selection: Napa Valley (ripe fruit flavors and velvety tannins); Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley (structure and elegance with cassis, tobacco and spice characteristics); Rutherford (provides mineral, earth and cherry notes); Atlas Peak (delivers dark berry fruit and acidity); Oakville and other Napa Valley AVAs fruit added to perfect the final blend.
This full-bodied varietal is balanced, albeit it complex, with rich aromas of blackberry, dark plum and toasted oak. Flavors of cassis and dark chocolate embrace the palate and linger in a long finish.
Be sure to pour this with dishes as rich and powerful as this wine. Rare prime rib, rich blue cheese and loaded burgers with avocado.