We’ve covered the wines of Napa’s Black Stallion on several occasions. Today we look at two recent releases, a sauvignon blanc and a cabernet.
2019 Black Stallion Heritage Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – Sourced from vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford, Chiles Valley, and Pope Valley. There’s a surprisingly tropical rush on the nose here, though it lacks the fruity exuberance of, say, a New Zealand sauvignon blanc. A strongly grassy character tempers the fruit as it develops (and warms up a bit), and there’s a hint of walnut on the finish. It’s well balanced but not overly complicated, and definitely worth picking up at this price. B+ / $22
2017 Black Stallion Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Made with grapes primarily from Diamond Mountain and Atlas Peak, this is a classic representation of mountain fruit, dense with currants but filtered through notes of licorice and dark chocolate. The finish is brooding and weighty, plumping up those savory elements on the lengthy, lightly spiced conclusion. It’s the chocolate that lingers the longest, however, giving quite a seductive quality to the proceedings. Decanting recommended. A- / $60