Fruit forward and slightly spicy, especially on the nose. Tastes of olives and chocolate with a nice mellow finish.
A bit hot on the nose, however it had just been opened. A very dry, oaky wine. Some notes of black cherries. Still a bit tight and tart.
medium to full body wine, not too spicy, rich in black fruits like dried plums.
Yummy, with good fruit and spice.
finally got to understand "green peppers" on the nose with this wine, also got a big herb and spice feel on the nose and front...got big vegetal and alcohol on palate that made it harder to grasp the oak and fruit, not sure if it was acidity or tannins...possibly let it sit in the decanter for an hour or two...
Nice fruity wine, but overpriced for its merits
External Reviews for Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Estate Bottled
Made in the classic Clos du Val style, this Cabernet is less ripe, drier and more acidic than many of its Napa Valley neighbors. It's also very tannic. Currently, it's an aloof, austere wine, but it has a deep core of blackberries. This wants at least eight years in a proper cellar, and should age well for another decade beyond that. - S.H. Our Flagship Cabernet Sauvignon hails from our renowned Stags Leap District vineyard, best known for elegant and opulent wines. Deep garnet in color this wine is aged in French oak for 24 months. The wine is full bodied and accented with complex flavors of black fruit, chocolate, and dried herbs. The 2008 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits extraordinary complexity and balance, bolstered by fully integrated, silky tannins. Enjoy now or cellar for at least 10+ years. - WineryAPPELLATION: Stags Leap DistrictCOMPOSITION:94% Cabernet Sauvignon6% MerlotFERMENTATION: 30-40 days with skin contactAGING: 24 months in French oak ...
Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 92 CELLAR SELECTIONThis is the winery's flagship wine, the one that made it famous decades ago. It hasn't changed much over the years. It's still tannic and austere in youth, requiring many years to develop. But it's a cellar guarantee, with a wealth of concentrated cassis and cedar flavors that are just waiting for those tannins to drop out. Best after 2010.Wine Tasting NotesThe Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, Clos Du Vals flagship estate wine, has a deep purple hue that darkens to a black core. Black fruit with dried herbs, spice and a hint of game pervade the nose. On the palate, the wine explodes with rich, mouth-coating flavors of intense fruit. This full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has a solid middle, velvety tannins and a long finish. It is built to age and can be cellared for at least 10-15 years.
Undurchlässiges Purpur-Granat. Viel schwarze Frucht und süsser Tabak in der warmen Nase, reife Brombeeren, schwarzer Holunder und Edelholz in allen Facetten, auch Kaffee und dezentes Karamell. Samtiger Gaumen mit fein gewobener Textur, reifes Tannin und angenehmer Schmelz, elegante Kandissüsse in der Mitte, wieder viel Brombeergelee und nun auch Pflaumenkompott, gute Balance bis ins lang anhaltende Finale. Ein grossartiger Napa mit Klasse, kann es problemlos mit der Bordeaux-Elite aufnehmen.