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November 2018

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november 2018  /  the tasting panel  /  61 Black Stallion Estate Winery Experiences Black Stallion recently elevated the experiences it offers to its guests by adding several new options outlined below. Wine with Lunch An ideal private location to share wines and gather with friends, the winery's luncheon nook is tucked among olive trees and accom- modates up to 32 guests. With a six-guest minimum, these two-hour meals include a tasting of four Black Stallion Estate Wines, an educational winery tour, and a selection of seasonal sandwiches, salads, and dessert. $75 per person, plus a 20 percent service fee and 7.75 percent sales tax The Senses of Wine This sensory experience centers around a tasting of four Black Stallion wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. $60 per person The Appellation Experiences Guests can taste and discuss six Cabernet Sauvignon wines from six Napa Valley appellations. $95 per person All About Wine Experience Focusing on the fundamentals of the tasting process, this one-hour private wine experience explores four wines. $40 per person; reserve at least 24 hours in advance Black Stallion Winery is located just off the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. PHOTO: ALEXANDER RUBIN Overdelivering at All Levels Black Stallion's three wine tiers offer something for every guest and account. Its portfolio of Heritage wines all have suggested retail prices under $30, and despite their low price points, their high quality makes them perfect additions to by-the-glass programs. Black Stallion Estate Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cherry vanilla goes deep, creating a perfume that shifts gears from fruity to sweet and back. On the palate, the acidity is quite distinct, bringing a fresh, vibrant mouthfeel to a crescendo of flavor. Cranberry is tart midway with plum skin and a hint of salinity. The Stallion leaps to an intense juiciness that lasts through the long finish. 94 —Meridith May

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