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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Rich and chocolatey, showing intense, focused herb, currant, coffee and cedar flavors that pick up an earthy tobacco and mineral edge on the finish. Offers silky grace notes on the long, full, rich, complex finish. Tasty now, but should age well through the decade. Best beginning in 1996.
Wonderful complexity and sense of harmony and finesse, with rich, intense, supple layers of currant, black cherry, anise, game and coffee. Long, rich aftertaste. Should only improve over the next decade. Best from 2005 through 2014.
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.
Warren Winiarski's Cask 23 and SLV Cabernets are often slow starters, then come back to surprise and delight. These two wines from the '92 vintage are no exception, sharing similar flavor profiles, the Cask 23 painted on a larger canvas. The Cask 23's aromas are more exotic, possessing as they do more facets to explore. There is a keynote of blackberry with the wild cherry overtones found in the SLV, and they carry over to the palate. The middle palate impression needs to fill out, as it may well, and tannins need to resolve, all this being perhaps five years away. As always, "Cask 23" is a beautifully and intelligently made wine.
...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
The 1999 Cask 23 exhibits a deeper 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 wins is medium-bodied, a bit angular, with austere tannin, excellent purity, but little depth and intensity. Anticipated maturity: nowndash;2011.
(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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