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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Artemis 2001

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83 - Wine Spectator

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 Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Artemis

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Snooth User: runningbear
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4.50 5
02/11/2008

Truly a wonderful cab


Snooth User: Imperial36
3296145
4.50 5
10/17/2007

full bodied wine that paints the palette with delicious berries


Snooth User: Magnum132
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5.00 5
05/02/2008

Absolutely phenomenal - buttery, rich, deep, with a hint of spice. This is my El Guapo. In heaven, I'll be drinking this one at the monster banqueting table.


0.00 5
05/06/2008

Bought on our trip to Napa. Absolutely loved this bottle. Gorgeous body.


Snooth User: Jestex
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4.00 5
08/30/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Artemis

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2001 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. Vineyard 750ml


External Review
05/07/2015

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!


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/22/2012

The medium-bodied 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard reveals a saturated ruby/purple color along with sweet scents of black raspberries, currants, licorice, and spice. Rugged tannin in the austere finish gives the wine a shortness as well as angula... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2001 Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

...Dark ruby-red. Ripe aromas of currant, sassafras, bitter chocolate, cured meat and menthol. At once sweet and green in the mouth. The dark fruit and earthy flavors are given a dry edge by the wine's strong menthol and herbal elements. And yet this... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2001 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Proprietary Red Wine 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Lean and supple with an earthy leathery streak running through the sour cherry and earthy currant scents. Tasted three times with two bottles marred by a strong presence of Brettanomyces... Wine Spectator.


External Review
05/07/2015

[Barrel tasting] At first it reveals an earthy, gamy flavor, but grows into a very distinctive wine, with rich layers of earthy currant, coffee and mocha. Shows a supple texture and excellent depth and length, all the while maintaining a sense of elegance.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Elegant and stylish with a band of mocha espresso currant and sage flavors that are supple and harmonious with fine balance and good length. Lots of cedar and spice emerge on the finish where the tannins are tightly wound...Tasted twice with consistent notes. 3 999 cases made. (JL) Wine Spectator.


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