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
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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...The 1999 Cask 23 exhibits a deep plum/garnet color with purple nuances. Vanilla, espresso, lavender, and sweet red as well as black currants emerge from the stylish bouquet, which promises more than the palate delivers. The wine is medium-bodied, ... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1999 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Proprietary Red Wine 375ml
(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.
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1999 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 750ml
The estate's flagship wine, the medium-bodied 2001 Cask 23 exhibits notions of berry fruit intermixed with spice, coffee beans, herbs, and a touch of the cow dung component. While the attack is attractive, the wine narrows out and concludes with an angular, uninteresting finish. It actually performs less well than its two siblings, which is hard to understand. It will age for 10-15 years, but this 2001 in no way recalls the great Cask 23's of the seventies and early to mid-eighties. What a shame!
What a great success. Oozes with blackcurrant jam and cassis and a dash of black pepper. Flamboyant oak adds a perfume of vanilla and smoke. Fleshy, long and full, this beautiful wine is not a monster, but it coats the palate with spicy flavors that epitomize class and style.
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1999 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. 750ml
(Barrel tasting) Supple and elegant, with pretty, spicy currant, floral, anise, black cherry and toasty oak flavors that build. Gains complexity on the finish.
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Dietary Information: Kosher, Organic
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