Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999
CASK 23, made only in exceptional vintages, is usually a blend of the most distinctive fruit from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' S.L.V. and FAY estate vineyards. But now, thirty years after a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from S.L.V. won the legendary Paris tasting, they return to this vineyard as the sole source of inspiration for the 2003 blend. The 2003 CASK 23 is a wine of rich flavors and luscious, supple tannins. It opens with welcoming aromas of savory spices that marry with floral notes and sweet dark fruit. These aromas evolve into warm scents of vanilla, espresso, and truffle with more time in the glass. This beautiful array is echoed on the palate with deep flavors of dark berries, cherries, and plums that combine with chocolate, espresso, and spicy notes. The wine’s complexity continues to unfold throughout a long, persistent finish
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is considered one of Napa Valley's first-growths. We were founded by Warren Winiarski and his family in 1970 and are best known for our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons — CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, our wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown.
The clarity was striking. Dark and heavy in the glass and shouting purity. I would say that the nose was nice. Good aromas of dark cherry and blackberry moving into a floral bouquet. It was something to sense it move from one to the other and back. The mouth had a heavy but not too heavy viscosity that allowed for it to coat the palate and make for an interesting study. To me it portrayed an earthy yet calming fruit that balanced nicely. Even though the acidity calmed down over the course of the bottle; it always maintained nice crispness to it. There was a cocoa coming out on the finish that was unexpected.
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Warren Winiarski designed Cask 23 as a blend of Fay and SLV, vineyards with two kinds of soil: There's a wash of loam at the base of the hills, and volcanic rock up on the ridges. Winiarski thinks of this Cabernet Sauvignon as a blend of "water blocks" (loam soils giving smooth, supple character), and "fire blocks" (volcanic soils providing a more intensity, fiery side). In this '98, you can practically smell the astringency in the aroma, the blackness of plum skin, the deep chocolate texture of the tannins all seeming to create a black veil to the richness of the wine. Nothing is revealed, and yet the wine is immensely generous. To gain access to the wine, you'll probably need to wait a decade.
This red blend is intense and concentrated, with a rich and supple texture and loads of currant, anise, black cherry, plum and berry notes. On the finish, the flavors weave together into a complex tapestry, and though firmly tannic, it's perfectly balanced. Tempting now; at its best from 2000 to 2006, maybe beyond.
A tremendous effort, ultratrich, supple, complex and concentrated. Delivers a wave of plush currant, black cherry, black olive, sage and spicy flavors that glide across the palate with smooth, silky tannins that have become the trademark of this wine. Best from 2000 through 2010. Contains 95% Cabernet, with a touch of Merlot.
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1999 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 750ml
(Barrel tasting) At first it reveals an earthy, gamy flavor, but grows into a very distinctive wine, with rich layers of earthy currant, coffee and mocha. Shows a supple texture and excellent depth and length, all the while maintaining a sense of elegance.
Starts out with an earthy, mulch, loamy character before revealing its core currant, sage, herb, and bay leaf flavors, along with hints of espresso. It also shows considerable tannic strength, finishing with a dry, mineral quality.
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1999 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. 750ml
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Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
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