Black Stallion Cabernet | Top Cabernet’s Under $20

Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon Review | Top Cabernet’s Under $20

Black Stallion Cabernet

It’s been a while now since I’ve featured a Costco wine discovery. Too long, I decided as the Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon caught my eye on my most recent bargain wine run. From the stellar 2012 vintage and priced at well under $20 from Cab country? I decided to give it a shot. The winery itself is prominently located on Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail and despite driving past it many times, I’ve sadly never committed to investigating…

Opened in 2007 and located at the site of a former equestrian center, Black Stallion Estate Winery’s 32 acre estate is situated in the Oak Knoll district in the southern-half of Napa Valley. They are “dedicated to crafting high quality wines that are elegant and distinctive yet approachable.” A noble mission, but it’s certainly no easy task to deliver distinctive Napa Cabernet at this price point.

Black Stallion Cabernet

Appearance: Pours a dark, vivid garnet hue in the glass. 

Nose: An aromatic nose reveals red and black berries, flowers, mocha and brown spices.

On the palate: The Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium-bodied effort that delivers juicy flavors of redcurrant, black cherry, and black raspberry framed by notes of smoke, licorice and chocolaty brown spice that’s enlivened by vibrant acidity. The mouthfeel manages to be both plush and racy at the same time. Overall a pretty solid Cabernet that really opened up with some time in the glass.

Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2012

Origin: Sourced from vineyards in Atlas Peak, Oak Knoll DIstrict, Oakville, Diamond Mountain, Howell Mountain, Rutherford, Mount Veeder and Stags Leap District. Are we missing anyone?

Value Rating:  4 / 5

Where to get it: The Costco Wine Section

Price: $17.99 ($28 Retail)

Score: 89

Should you buy? The Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon is a solid Cabernet for under $20. This offers good moderate intensity to its fruit flavors coupled with excellent balance and zesty acidity. Possibly as elegant as Napa Cabernet gets under $20, the Black Stallion will be right at home on your dinner table.

Black Stallion Cabernet

Value Proposition – Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon | Costco Wine

There’s a lot to like about the Black Stallion Cabernet, and there’s a lot to like about Costco’s seriously competitive price – as other retailers average $26 according to wine – searcher. While this might not be as compelling a value as the intensely flavored Kirkland Signature Rutherford Meritage, it is very well-made and offers solid value.

If the 2012 Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon is any indication, then the folks at Black Stallion Winery are doing a fine job living up to their mission of delivering wines that are distinctive yet approachable. I might just be convinced to investigate further the next time I find myself driving past Black Stallion Winery.


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4 thoughts on “Black Stallion Cabernet | Top Cabernet’s Under $20

  1. Peter Zimmer

    Hey Ryan,

    Loved this issue of Fermented Fruit. I’ve passed it on to two guys who drink red and who are regular Costco customers! I hope they will take advantage of your recommendation, even if they aren’t serious wine consumers. I forgot to ask them to pass the link on to others who might benefit from your information. Keep up the great work. Oh, I might ad that the format of this review, not verbose, but short and sweet, was very accessible and a nice digest as well! Also, forgot to mention that I am now exploring un-oaked (steel) wines; just picked up a “slightly oaked” bottle at Publix today. The wine rep at the store didn’t even know what un-oaked meant! Because of you, I was able to educate him! Miss you guys very much; hope we can see you soon. By the way, we’re in NYC 10/14 – 22. Peter

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