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Stags Leap District AVA

USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pine Ridge, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Rated 45 minutes after opening the bottle, no decant necessary. Red blend of: 90% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc, and 1% merlot. N/ Deep notes of black cherry and rich cassis, with mature, and in this one case, delicious tomato leaf aromas. Black soil. Forest floor. Mesquite wood. Baker’s chocolate and slate. […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malk Family Vineyards, Stags Leap District AVA, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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As I’ve stated before, I think Malk makes one of the best California Cabernet Sauvignons that one can buy under $500. And she only costs $72. N/ Violet and rose-petal reduction (truly flat out amazing). Clean, deep plum meat and blackberry jam. Flinty, dark soil. Aged cigar box. Sage. Light wafts of dry forest floor. […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Baldacci, Stags Leap, Napa, 2003

Was surprisingly ready to enjoy immediately after opening. No wait needed. N/ Round, deep, stewed cassis. Amazing chocolate layers – from milk to bitter. Crushed leaves, forest floor. Wet, black, slightly smoky soil. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Incredibly soft and pillowy. Plum bomb of perfect proportions. Stewed, soft cassis. Only fault is layers just a tad […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Events, Vineyard to Vintner (V2V), Stags Leap, Napa Valley, California, USA

The end of every April finds me in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap district – enjoying a fantastic event, the “Vineyard to Vintner” (V2V) weekend. My friend Adam and I pour for Malk Family Vineyards (the only time of year they are open to the public). The link to the event and to Malk Family Vineyards […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malk Family Vineyards, Stags Leap District AVA, Napa, California, 2007

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In my opinion, this is among the best California Cabernet Sauvignons that one can buy under $500. And she only costs $65 – $72. N/ Violets, blackberry jam, earth and baked bread. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Super clean. Clean, dripping plums. Liquid cigar box. Dry earth. Long, full, finish. Pure Cabernet elegance. Winemaker = Robbie Meyer […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malk Family Vineyards, Stags Leap District AVA, Napa Valley, California, 2006

N/ Black currant, cassis, cigar box, flint, wet earth, black pepper. Amazingly, quite akin to a full, massive, Bordeaux blend. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Medium clean. Big smokey plums, black fruits, damp black Earth. Dripping blackberry juice. http://www.malkfamilyvineyards.com/ Winemaker = Robbie Meyer Fabulous. Retail = $65. WELL worth it. Astounding 96

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malk Family Vineyards, Stags Leap AVA, Napa, California, 2005

N / Beautiful, unique – but elegantly explosive like the established Napa powerhouse Cabs. Aromas of a sweet cassis reduction sauce, dark red fruits, black cherries, earth and forest floor. Multiple layers of matured oak. T/ Full mouthfeel, round but generous tannins, and beautiful structure. Long, meaningful, finish. http://www.malkfamilyvineyards.com/ Winemaker = Robbie Meyer Retail = $65.  WELL worth it. Astounding. […]

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