Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition in Steven Spurrier's Fine Wine World column (see blue link below).
The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by the De Loach family, with Cecil De Loach as winemaker. In 2003, the family run Burgundian estate Jean-Claude Boisset purchased De Loach and brought the focus back to the estate's original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The winery's 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and Biodynamic® viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach estate vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.
All the De Loach wines are made and bottled at their estate facility. The Pinot Noir was made from fruit grown in premium vineyards throughout northern and central California, helping to achieve a unique balance of delicate Pinot characteristics and more intense fruit flavours. The vineyard is located within the Olivet bench region of the Russian River Valley on goldridge soils. The vines are cane-pruned and farmed biodynamically.
Fruit for this Pinot Noir was primarily sourced from the Delta region of California and underwent minimal handling. A pre-fermentation cold soak was followed by fermentation in closed-top fermenters. Post fermentation warm maceration took place to extract good colour and ripe tannins. A small portion of the wine was barrel aged to add some slight oak complexity, but most was kept in stainless steel in order to stay true to its lighter, food-friendly style.
The wine opens with subtle fresh fruit aromas of strawberry and blueberry heightened with hints of anise. The deep aromas lead to enticing flavours of dark, ripe fruit and plums with just a touch of white pepper on the finish.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from grapes grown in various vineyard sites throughout the Napa Valley, each adding a layer of nuanced complexity to the final blend.
Throughout the growing season the grapes were regularly checked so that the optimal time for picking could be determined. The fruit was then harvested in the coolness of the early morning which helps to preserve the flavours in the finished wine. After fermentation in steel tanks the wine was drained from the skins and gently pressed. The wine is then put into oak barrels and allowed to mature for 16 months. The oak barrels are 80% French and 20% American - 35% of the barrels used to age this wine are new. Each vineyard block was kept seperate during the fermentation and ageing process to allow for full flavour development. The final cuvee is a result of multiple trial blends, all assessed on taste.
The Black Stallion 2014 is full-bodied and balanced with vibrant aromas of blackberry, plum, vanilla and toasted oak. Concentrated flavours of rich cassis, plum and dark chocolateunfold gracefully across the palate with well-integrated fruit and tannins. This wine has a long finish.
This powerful, fruit-forward wine calls for succulent, flavourful dishes such as steak, creamy blue cheeses, pork chops and duck.
Deep garnet in colour, this brilliantly youthful wine evokes aromas of blackberry, cassis and stewed red cherries, draped in milk chocolate, toast and vanilla bean layers. On the palate, it enters subtly with flavours of roasted espresso bean and milk chocolate, then explodes with bright fruit notes of black plum, red raspberry and cherry, finishing smoothly with well-structured tannins and a hint of spice.
Big, bold aromas of spice and mocha fill your nose, while intense flavours of plum and chocolate, rich tannins and vanilla mocha notes rock your palate.
A medium-bodied, velvety smooth red with aromas and flavours of dark fruits and hints of warm spice.
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is made in the Cafaro house style, with a deep colour, exuberant perfumes of blackcurrant with an attractive leafy character and a touch of vanilla from the oak ageing. On the palate it is rich, lush and concentrated, with plenty of ripe, dark berry fruit and excellent structure.
Deep ruby color with sweet aromas of ripe black cherry, blackberry, plum, jam, black pepper and aromatic cedar. Soft and rich with tons of black fruit, green olive, dried herbs, spice, integrated oak and dark chocolate. Long finish of sweet dark fruit. Brimming with character!