Review: Wines of Black Stallion, 2018 Releases

Review: Wines of Black Stallion, 2018 Releases

You’ll find Black Stallion on Napa’s iconic Silverado Trail — one of the most picturesque drives in all of California wine country. Here the winery produces a wide range of wines that are, surprisingly, quite affordable given the region from which they hail. Today we look at three recent releases that span the most common varietals in this region, all from the base-level “Heritage Collection.”

2017 Black Stallion Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – Pineapples, lemons, and lychee notes do aromatic battle over a surprisingly dry palate that emphasizes stony slate notes alongside fruit. The finish sees some grapefruit notes emerging, making for a straightforward experience that’s more readily approachable than many overly acidic wines of this style. B+ / $22

2016 Black Stallion Chardonnay Napa Valley – This unsurprising chardonnay offers plenty of buttery oak, with a quiet base of fruit that runs to melon, lemon, and simple pear notes. A bit overly woody on the finish, but approachable enough to work well as a picnic wine. B / $22

2015 Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Lots of youth on this one, with a sharp acidity masked by fresh-squeezed strawberry and some blackcurrant notes. A little undercooked (with nothing left in the way of tannins) but plenty expressive, it finishes on a chocolate-blueberry-currant note that wouldn’t be out of place when served by the glass at the bar of your favorite steakhouse. B- / $28

2016 Black Stallion Chardonnay Napa Valley




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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