Cosimo Commisso sheds some light on the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, one of his preferred wineries in the Napa Valley region.
Cocoa powder, wild blackberries and currants burst from this plush wine, which pairs beautifully with coffee-marinated wagyu beef with a fig glaze. The undertones of dark blueberry, wild berry and hints of spice make this 100 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon an even more thoughtful experience, evoking warmth and instilling serenity while you dine.
Beyond its distinctive characteristics — having been derived from the Napa Valley appellation and aged for 21 months in 100 per cent new French oak — this Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is a reflection of the acclaimed winery that created it. Stag’s Leap was established in 1969 and has since become a Napa Valley favourite, not only for its stellar wines but also for the architectural beauty of the estate. I highly recommend stopping by Stag’s Leap for a wine tasting and tour next time you’re in the area — it’s an experience that’s as inspiring as it is delicious.
Cosimo Commisso spills the details of one of his current favourite wines, a charactered 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley
This wine has personality of its own. Napa Valley-based Signorello Estate’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a charactered collage of background flavours like cassis, florals, tobacco, cedar, vanilla and chocolate, as well as hints of spice and licorice. It’s earned stellar reviews from various sommeliers and wine journals, including Gismondi on Wine, which described the 2010 as “Modern Euro/Napa style,” and Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate, who claimed it’s “capable of evolving for 15-plus years.” We’re a few years into that sentence, and while the wine is still young, it’s a delicious complement to a meal or simply a scenic view. The rich flavour profile and intense aroma have earned the Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 an air of sophistication — and I can only guess how much better it will be after another decade in the cellar.
The wine also reflects the unique character of its hillside vineyard and terroir. Signorello Estate was founded in 1977 by the Signorello family, who has since passed on the tradition of planting and cultivating the fruits through the generations. Currently under the leadership of Ray Signorello Jr., Signorello Estate has been quite successful in its mission to “produce the perfect Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.”