Black Stallion Winery

Black Stallion WineryAnd to Rhaego, son of Drogo, the stallion who will mount the world, to him I also pledge a gift. To him I will give this iron chair his mother’s father sat in. I will give him Seven Kingdoms. I, Drogo, khal, will do this thing.

Of course, you don’t need to play Games to find a good Cabernet Sauvignon. Look no further than Black Stallion Estate Winery in Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll district. Before grapevines dominated the landscape here, the valley was a rich grazing land for horses and cattle. Indeed, the estate itself was once home to the Silverado Horeseman’s Center, with riding trails, stables, and the area’s only indoor riding arena.

Today, Black Stallion winemaker Ralf Holdenried sources fruit from throughout the region. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from appellations Oak Knoll, Atlas, Peak, Rutherford, Oakville, Coombsville, Diamond Mountain District, and Mount Veeder, all familiar to wine afficianados. “Once you start working with grapes, you never get bored. There is always something new to explore. No one year is ever the same,” Holdenried says.

The 2013 vintage was one of Napa’s best, and this wine is no exception. After harvest, it was fermented in stainless steel, then transferred to oak for 16 months of aging. The wine is very dark purple/red in color, and is characterized by cocoa, dried fig, mocha, black fruit, and black currant, with a balancing acidity and medium finish.

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