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Baldacci 2004 Brenda’s Vineyard

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 at 12:24 pm in Uncategorized.

A Cabernet Sauvignon of note from the Stag’s Leap District Winegrowers tasting on Feb. 22 was the Baldacci Family Vineyards 2004 Brenda’s Vineyard. This is the winery’s current release and retails for $85. Did I mention the Baldaccis are from Danville? Pretty cool.

Winemaker Rolando Herrera used to makes wines at Stags Leap Wine Cellars, which is next door, and then for Paul Hobbs Wines. He understands the velvet texture that Stag’s Leap fruit is capable of producing, and doesn’t interfere.

The 2004 Brenda’s Vineyard Cabernet is  dark eggplant in color and quite concentrated with lots of black cherry and coffee flavors. I think the wine, which was aged in new French oak for 20 months, will show its true potential, particularly in the finish, five to 10 years from now.

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  • Ward Kadel

    Hi Jessica,

    I had the luck to discover Baldacci for the first time last August when I attended the Napa Wine Library Annual tasting in Napa. I had their “2004 Baldacci Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District” and it was the surprise favorite between my friend and I for the Stags Leap District offerings. Delicious and a crazy steal for the price.
    I, of course, didn’t buy any afterwards and now the price has gone up, but it is certainly still a great buy at $55 (full retail).

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    It is, more than the Brenda’s vineyard, I’d say!