Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon Gaspare Vineyard 2017 750ml

size
750ml
country
United States
region
California
appellation
Napa Valley
subappellation
Oak Knoll District
JD
92
WA
92
WE
91
Additional vintages
2017 2016 2013
JD
92
Rated 92 by Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from the Oak Knoll District of the Valley, which is just north of the town of Napa, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gaspare Vineyard reveals a deep purple hue as well as a ripe nose of baked plums, black cherries, tobacco, chocolate, and espresso roast. This is a rich, powerful 2017 that has plenty of deep black fruit, ample background oak, a stacked mid-palate, and ripe, sweet tannins. Give it a few years to soak up some oak and it's going to keep for 15-20 years or more. ... More details
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Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon Gaspare Vineyard 2017 750ml

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Professional Ratings
JD
92
WA
92
WE
91
JD
92
Rated 92 by Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from the Oak Knoll District of the Valley, which is just north of the town of Napa, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gaspare Vineyard reveals a deep purple hue as well as a ripe nose of baked plums, black cherries, tobacco, chocolate, and espresso roast. This is a rich, powerful 2017 that has plenty of deep black fruit, ample background oak, a stacked mid-palate, and ripe, sweet tannins. Give it a few years to soak up some oak and it's going to keep for 15-20 years or more.
WA
92
Rated 92 by Wine Advocate
A barrel sample, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gaspare Vineyard is very deep garnet-purple in color and leaps from the glass with black ad blue fruit preserves, baking spices, vanilla pod and chocolate with earthy notes of underbrush and fungi. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, it delivers earth-accented black fruits and a savory finish.
WE
91
Rated 91 by Wine Enthusiast
This red is from estate-grown fruit and further selected from specific barrels. It's a full-bodied, highly concentrated effort that's complex in chalky tannins, earthy sage and dried herb. Black cherry, currant and dark chocolate accent the rich style and lasting structure.
Product Details
size
750ml
country
United States
region
California
appellation
Napa Valley
subappellation
Oak Knoll District
Additional vintages
2017 2016 2013
Overview
Rated 92 - A barrel sample, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gaspare Vineyard is very deep garnet-purple in color and leaps from the glass with black ad blue fruit preserves, baking spices, vanilla pod and chocolate with earthy notes of underbrush and fungi. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, it delivers earth-accented black fruits and a savory finish.
green grapes

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

From the valleys of California and Chile to the rolling hillsides of the Bordeaux region of France, the one red wine grape varietal you will find in abundance is the Cabernet Sauvignon. This darkly colored grape has been cultivated since the mid 18th century, when it was borne from a cross of fine Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc varietals. Since then, it has spread around the world and has been received with pleasure by wineries looking for a varietal which delivers excellence of flavor and aroma, whilst being hardy enough to resist frost and rot and other such difficulties. Indeed, Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most recognizable red wine grape varietal on earth, and is easily distinguished by its high tannin level and acidic nature, which is often so beautifully mellowed by being blended with Merlot and other such grapes.
barrel

Region: California

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.
fields

Country: United States

Whilst there are several strains of native grape varietals in the United States, it was the introduction of the European species which prompted the country to begin producing wines on a large scale. Over the past few centuries, experimentation and cross-breeding has produced great successes in regards to the quality and suitability of the fruit grown in states such as California, Oregon, Washington and New York, and the past few decades have seen New World wines from the United States reach much higher standards. Arguably the finest United States wines have always come out of California, where the climate and terrroir is most suitable for fine wine production. The masterful blending of classic grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, amongst others including Syrah and Chardonnay, have had world beating results in recent years, prompting many to suggest that there has never been a better time for buying and drinking United States wines.
bottle and glass

Appellation: Napa Valley

Anybody with an interest in New World wines is surely in agreement with the fact that Napa Valley in California is now, without much doubt, one of the world's premier wine regions. With an ideal climate for viticulture, fertile and mineral rich soils, and a dedication for quality and expression of terroir, Napa Valley wines consistently impress on the world stage with their flavors, aromas and overall character. The wineries of the valley have had plenty of success with a wide range of grape varietals, which flourish in the heat and ripen fully in the Californian sunshine each year, and the innovation and experimentation undertaken by the vintners of the region has helped create a wine culture and reputation in the valley which is unique, yet classic – a perfect blend of the new and the old.
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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

From the valleys of California and Chile to the rolling hillsides of the Bordeaux region of France, the one red wine grape varietal you will find in abundance is the Cabernet Sauvignon. This darkly colored grape has been cultivated since the mid 18th century, when it was borne from a cross of fine Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc varietals. Since then, it has spread around the world and has been received with pleasure by wineries looking for a varietal which delivers excellence of flavor and aroma, whilst being hardy enough to resist frost and rot and other such difficulties. Indeed, Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most recognizable red wine grape varietal on earth, and is easily distinguished by its high tannin level and acidic nature, which is often so beautifully mellowed by being blended with Merlot and other such grapes.
barrel

Region: California

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.
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Country: United States

Whilst there are several strains of native grape varietals in the United States, it was the introduction of the European species which prompted the country to begin producing wines on a large scale. Over the past few centuries, experimentation and cross-breeding has produced great successes in regards to the quality and suitability of the fruit grown in states such as California, Oregon, Washington and New York, and the past few decades have seen New World wines from the United States reach much higher standards. Arguably the finest United States wines have always come out of California, where the climate and terrroir is most suitable for fine wine production. The masterful blending of classic grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, amongst others including Syrah and Chardonnay, have had world beating results in recent years, prompting many to suggest that there has never been a better time for buying and drinking United States wines.
bottle and glass

Appellation: Napa Valley

Anybody with an interest in New World wines is surely in agreement with the fact that Napa Valley in California is now, without much doubt, one of the world's premier wine regions. With an ideal climate for viticulture, fertile and mineral rich soils, and a dedication for quality and expression of terroir, Napa Valley wines consistently impress on the world stage with their flavors, aromas and overall character. The wineries of the valley have had plenty of success with a wide range of grape varietals, which flourish in the heat and ripen fully in the Californian sunshine each year, and the innovation and experimentation undertaken by the vintners of the region has helped create a wine culture and reputation in the valley which is unique, yet classic – a perfect blend of the new and the old.