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. Th... Read more
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 bl... Read more
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 ... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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
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.
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.
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 Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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.
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 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.
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.
This red blend is intense and concentrated, with a rich and supple texture and loads of currant, anise, black cherry, plum and berry notes. On the finish, the flavors weave together into a complex tapestry, and though firmly tannic, it's perfectly balanced. Tempting now; at its best from 2000 to 2006, maybe beyond.
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!
...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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