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1996 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

  • 90 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 59527-1996

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Red-ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of cassis, cherry cough syrup, chocolate and mint. Juicy, firm and intensely flavored; a bit hot but not at all roasted. Tannins coat the teeth. As with so many '96 cabernets, I get an impression of somewhat uneven ripening. But this is built to age.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1999
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Smooth, ripe and spicy, with a pretty array of anise, plum, cherry and strawberry tones, finishing with a focused core of flavors and firm tannins.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Still quite youthful in colour. Big, bold, fruity with a touch of putty on the nose. Round and still quite brawny and unevolved. Very chewy still. Very restrained and taut. Needs lots of time. A bit sharp and simple so far. Wait!
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon (2% Cabernet Franc is blended in) has filled out nicely since I first tasted it. Aromas of cedar, chocolate, spice box, and black currants are moderately intense. Medium to full-bodied, with good spice, in addition to excellent richness, symmetry, and harmony, this is an intense yet stylish Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 16+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Great balance, wonderful expression of top end napa cab with a some good age, still many more years left in this wine!
    Author: saint
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Wonderful Cabernet. Not overpowering or in your face. More elegance. Tannins silky and perfectly integrated. Notes of cherry, red fruit and cedar. Delicious finish that you savor.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2016
    Author: StuTarheel
Situated at the base of the Mayacamas Range on the Rutherford Bench, this sixty-one acre property has ideal soils, microclimate and location. The estate's potential was recognized by some of the first Napa Valley settlers and was planted to vineyards in the mid 1860's. Today the certified organic estate is home to the Staglins, fifty-one acres of vines, an underground winery, the historic homestead and a solar array.

Staglin is undoubtedly within the top tier of California Cabernet producers. In addition to the flagship Staglin Family Vineyard label, they also produce a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay under the Salus label.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 455 bottles owned
  • 99 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 99 collectors)