Founded in 1985 by Shari, Garen, Brandon and Shannon, Staglin Family Vineyard takes pride in the tradition of family ownership; their mission is to produce world class wines, with the aid of viticulturalist David Abreu, that reflect the distinctive character of their historic Rutherford Bench estate in the Napa Valley. The estate dates back to 1868 and the Staglin Family view themselves modestly as ‘stewards’ of the land, the latest in an historic line. Consequently, they farm the vineyard organically, and produce the wines in a state of the art underground production facility.
The wines include a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay together with a very small amount of Sangiovese, each expressive of the unique characteristics of their Rutherford estate, and reflective of the fastidious care and attention invested in their viticultural and production practices.
“Great wines for great causes” has long been the company motto. Shari and Garen Staglin’s son, Brandon, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1990; with treatment and family support, Brandon was able to recover. However the family realised that advancements in scientific research were vital to understanding mental illness; subsequently the Staglin Family have donated and raised in excess of $800 million for mental health charities.
STAGLIN ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2016
Barrel ageing: 10 months
Oak: 54% new, 46% used
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
At once delicate and powerful, the 2016 Staglin Chardonnay opens to reveal a citrus complex of Buddha’s hand, galangal and kaffir lime leaf underlain by cut melon, firm stone fruits and fissured granite with flecks of damp limestone and subtle hints of spice. Like 300 thread-count Pima cotton sheets, this precise wine is cool, crisp and smooth with a lithe and engaging texture that just glides seamlessly from beginning to end.
Salus Estate Chardonnay 2014
Barrel Aging: 10 months
Oak: 56% new, 44% used
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
The straw colored 2014 Salus Chardonnay opens with a bright nose of citrus zest, young pineapple, and white, waxy tropical flowers floating over freshly whipped cream speckled with shaved almonds. Flavors of lemon chiffon, D’Anjou pear and fleshy ripe cantaloupe teased with frangipane cascade across the palate, which remains pure and precise while exhibiting a delightful interplay of richness and acidity – unctuous, racy and delightful!
2011 STAGLIANO ESTATE SANGIOVESE
Barrel Aging: 15 months
Oak: 100% French: 63% new, 37% used
Blend: 100% Sangiovese
Tasting Notes :
The bright and animated 2011 Stagliano is a profuse lavender and periwinkle lifted red fruit cocktail of Bing cherries, Merryweather plums, redcurrants and Artic raspberries. The wine deepens and darken with air to reveal a backdrop of blackberries and dried blueberries teased by notes of bay leaf, tarragon and dried red roses. This beautifully structured vintage finishes with a clean, fine-grained finish of velvety, tea leaf-like tannins. Though showing admirably well now, a few additional years in the bottle will allow this wine to fully develop and evolve.
2008 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Barrel Aging: 21 months
Oak: 100% French: 89% new, 11% used
Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
An archetypal, old world Sauvignon nose laden with classic aromas of cassis and black cherry redolent with violet-lifted black olives and green peppercorns rising out of an earthy bed of resonant loam and pure humus spiced by a tease of pimento, cedar and bay leaf cascades onto a rich and vibrant palate of anise highlighted blackcurrants and peppered plums speckled with shavings of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs energized by tingly notes of powdered minerals and fresh acidity that also gives life and length to the well formed tannins.
2011 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Like the midnight sky, the broodingly dark color of the 2011 Staglin serves as a dramatic backdrop and counterpoint to the sparkling liveliness and lift exhibited by this wine. A complex nose of savory-herb and camphor infused blackcurrant and Mission fig is deepened by rich notes of forest floor and green olives with hints of anise. An impeccably balanced and ethereal palate of cinnamon inflected black-and-blueberries melts seamlessly into a silky leather, loam and mineral driven finish that is given a beautifully delicate structure by the super fine-grained tannins that mark the vintage.
2013 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Fragrant dark red and black fruits set the stage for the exotic interplay of aromatic woods, bow rosin, and sharpened graphite. On the palate, a medley of black raspberry, black currant, and cranberry fill a warm graham cracker crust drizzled with nearly-molten brown sugar and flecked with dark chocolate. Like a chiseled and sinuous boxer sitting in his corner, the youthful and deep 2013 Staglin Cabernet is a wine of controlled power, poised while waiting to showcase its long, silky and fine-grained structure. Your patience will be immensely rewarded.
2013 Salus Cabernet Sauvignon
Intensely dark, black fruits fill the glass with the blackberry, blackcurrant, boysenberry and ripe Damson plum taking center stage. Unctuous and resinous, the complex notes of leather, coffee extract, cocoa liquor and crushed rocks are given lift and lightness by an integrated essence of camphor, anise and potpourri. While the palate is initially a bit compact and focused, it quickly blossoms into a wonderfully mouth coating elixir with a fine-grained structure and a lively, granular texture that keeps on keeping on. This 2013 Salus Cabernet Sauvignon is at present a big, structured and tightly wrapped wine that will give and grow when given time and air.