The Staglin Family Vineyard has a 130 year heritage of viticulture and a rich social history based on an extraordinary procession of owners through multiple generations. In 1985, the Staglin family purchased this historic estate on the Rutherford Bench. Situated at the base of the western slopes of Mount St. John, the tallest mountain in the Mayacamas Range, this sixty-one acre property is located in an alluvial fan containing rich volcanic soils. Led by the focused guidance of Winemaker Fredrik Johansson, Staglin Family Vineyards crafts site driven wines that capture the unique expression of time and place.
2017 was a growing season for the record books – from drought ending winter rains to late summer heat events. The wettest winter in almost two decades along with the extended dormancy of a decently cold winter allowed the vines to rest and recover from a 5 year stretch of abundant activity and gave us a later than typical budbreak. Though the late spring and early summer were defined by peaks and valleys compared to other ‘goldilocks’ years which enjoyed less varied conditions, we had a well-managed crop that handled the overall warm growing conditions beautifully.
Aging: 19 months in 73% new French oak.
Tasting notes: Red Wine. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. The 2017 Salus Cabernet Sauvignon is a joyous wonder of bright red and purple fruits that delight in their freshness and cheery energy. Dancing over savory undertones of Ligurian olives and leafy herbs, the lively cherry and raspberry flavors build to a vermillion velvet midpalate complexed by fresh sandalwood, resinous cedar and a hint of mint. The finish is balanced and harmonic, if a bit precious at the moment, which bodes well for lengthy enjoyment.
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