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Stag's Leap Cab Savcask 23 2000

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Wine Enthusiast Review Terrific stuff, a blend of fruit from Fay and SLV thats creamy and supplejust what you expect texturally from Stags Leap District Cabernet. Knockout aromas are slightly floral and cedary, artfully blending tobacco and black currants, while the flavors are pure plum, vanilla and spice. Chewy and rich on the finish, suggesting that although delicious now, it should hold up in the cellar just fine.

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:
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... Read more
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. n May 24, 1976, a wine tasting took place in Paris that changed the world’s view of California wines forever. The tasting was the brainchild of Steven Spurrier, an English wine merchant who owned an innovative wine shop and adjacent wine school in the center of Paris. Located near the offices of IBM, many of the students at L’Academie du Vin were Americans who worked in France and were anxious to learn more about wine. Spurrier was intrigued by some of the California Cabernets and Chardonnays his students brought by the shop. Curious to see how these newcomers would fare against French wines made from the same kind of grapes, he arranged a blind wine tasting in celebration of the American Bicentennial activities in Paris. The French tasters chosen for the event had impeccable professional credentials. The French wines were First and other classified-growth red Bordeaux and white Burgundies. They were matched against California Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays. The tasting was blind, with the identities of the wines concealed and the labels revealed only after the jury of nine tasters had voted its order of preference. The unthinkable happened. The 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon - the first vintage produced with grapes from vines a mere three years old - was judged the best. The Cabernet had bested four top-ranked Bordeaux, including first-growths Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay from California bested its French counterparts. TIME magazine’s Paris correspondent was on hand for the tasting and broke the news. Less might have been made of the whole thing had the French tasters been other than top-notch - and had they been less disdainful toward the California selections as they tasted. The French tasters were stunned when the names of the wines were revealed. The impact of the tasting for California wines was immediate, like a vinous "shot heard round the world," as one observer put it, catapulting California wines onto the world stage by illustrating that exceptional wines could come from somewhere other than traditionally sacrosanct French terroir. The 1976 Paris tasting has been duplicated over the years, often with similar results. One of those tastings took place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 1996 to mark the 20th anniversary of the event. At that time bottles of the first-place wines--the 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay--were placed into the Museum’s collections. Today, the wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars continue to command the respect and admiration of wine aficionados the world over, proving beyond a doubt that the Paris victory was no accident, and that our Napa Valley wines age as gracefully as the beautiful and time-honored wines of Bordeaux Read less

Member Reviews for Stag's Leap Cab Savcask 23

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Snooth User: oxygin21
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5.00 5
05/02/2009

Delicious. Screams Stags Leap District from the top of its lungs!


Snooth User: protz
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4.00 5
12/24/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Stag's Leap Cab Savcask 23

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 1990 Cask 23 exhibits a tell-tale bouquet of sweet, jammy cassis, herbs, coffee, olives, cedar, and chocolate. The Cask 23 always offers one of the most complex and enticing Cabernet-based bouquets in California. Soft, medium to full-bodied, harmonious flavors, with well-integrated tannin and low acidity make for a generous, velvety-textured mouthful of classically proportioned, compelling Cabernet. Like most of the finest vintages of Cask 23, it is delicious young, but possesses the cunning ability to age effortlessly for 12-15 or more years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

(Barrel tasting) Supple and elegant, with pretty, spicy currant, floral, anise, black cherry and toasty oak flavors that build. Gains complexity on the finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewTerrific stuff, a blend of fruit from Fay and SLV thats creamy and supplejust what you expect texturally from Stags Leap District Cabernet. Knockout aromas are slightly floral and cedary, artfully blending tobacco and black currants, while the flavors are pure plum, vanilla and spice. Chewy and rich on the finish, suggesting that although delicious now, it should hold up in the cellar just fine.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 1992 Cask 23 boasts a dense, black/ruby/purple color, and a knock-out bouquet of black fruits, smoke, chocolate and licorice. Like all Cask 23s, it is exceedingly easy to drink, with a voluptuous texture, fabulously rich, expansive, sweet (from extract, not sugar) flavors, and silky tannin in the finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


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Wine Enthusiast Review Terrific stuff, a blend of fruit from Fay and SLV thats creamy and supplejust what you expect texturally from Stags Leap District Cabernet. Knockout aromas are slightly floral and cedary, artfully blending tobacco and black currants, while the flavors are pure plum, vanilla and spice. Chewy and rich on the finish, suggesting that although delicious now, it should hold up in the cellar just fine.

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