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Stag's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

This was rocking this evening with a sweetly earthy nose full of sweet middle eastern spice tones, green olive, beef broth and dark berry fruit. This is still superbly fresh on the palate with silky smooth polished tannins that float across a sweetly fruited black cassis and olive toned mid-palate with a hint of rusticity that shows itself in the slight animale tones that lead to the long finish. A brilliant wine 95pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Stag's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1974 06/01/2009

This was rocking this evening with a sweetly earthy nose full of sweet middle eastern spice tones, green olive, beef broth and dark berry fruit. This is still superbly fresh on the palate with silky smooth polished tannins that float across a sweetly fruited black cassis and olive toned mid-palate with a hint of rusticity that shows itself in the slight animale tones that lead to the long finish. A brilliant wine 95pts


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Snooth User: Gantt Hickman
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1999 02/15/2010

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.


Snooth User: spartan
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5.00 5
Vintage: 1998 12/16/2008

had this wine at a fine dining restaurant and it was outstanding. One of my favorite vineyards, always great wine and value for the price. I never regret this for any occasion or just an average evening for dinner regardless of vintage Im always pleased.


Snooth User: edmo
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3.00 5
Vintage: 1998 10/20/2010

Enjoyed a bottle the other evening with friends--drank a 99 Stags Leap as well. The 98 SLV was better but neither really impressed me for the price/value.


External Reviews for Stag's Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vintage: 1999 09/27/2011

Like the S.L.V., this wine keeps developing with air, and needs plenty of it to begin to show itself. Cask 23 is so intense and wrapped up in its black and supple tannins that it's hard to perceive much beyond them at first. They give a youthful green spiciness, a tight leanness of flavor that has yet to grow into the sumptuous texture. But the character of the wine is there to taste, slightly old-fashioned, whetting the appetite for boudin noir with apples even now. Better to put it away for a decade and find out what it has become.


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Vintage: 1999 07/06/2011

...Blackberry flavors sit next to leaner, herbal ones, and the tannins are dry and aggressive... Wine Enthusiast. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1999 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml


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Vintage: 1999 09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 1999 09/27/2011

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.


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Vintage: 1999 01/16/2009

...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


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Vintage: 1999 10/15/2009

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1999 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 1999 09/03/2011

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1999 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. 750ml


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