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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Artemis 2005

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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 Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Artemis

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Snooth User: fthead9
28066369
3.50 5
06/06/2009

What can I say sometimes you do get what you pay for. This is a very good wine, not amazing for the price but if you pour me a glass I'll have a smile on my face every time.


Snooth User: ff1959
38435128
2.00 5
12/12/2007

One of the many California "cult" Cabernet offerings, Artemis has never floated my boat. After many tastings and many vintages - mainly urged on by friends who swear by California Cabernets like this one and Opus One, I just can't get into it. Sometimes this winery is known as the "standing stag" as opposed to the "leaping stag".


Snooth User: ff1959
38435128
2.00 5
12/12/2007

One of the many California "cult" Cabernet offerings, Artemis has never floated my boat. After many tastings and many vintages - mainly urged on by friends who swear by California Cabernets like this one and Opus One, I just can't get into it.


Snooth User: The Red Grape
18290483
3.50 5
05/19/2009

Really like this wine-- dark purple red color, nice spicy finish, cassis, blackberry. Amazing with prime rib. If only I could afford it on a regular basis. And definitely cant afford the SLV or Fay wines...


Snooth User: mary836
19968781
5.00 5
06/16/2009

Really good wine with a nice cut of beef or lamb.


Snooth User: ejssds
12451815
4.50 5
01/20/2009

Outstanding and smooth.


Snooth User: SLACKS
16810613
5.00 5
01/27/2010

Perfection in a glass.


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

External Review
07/28/2010

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 3000ml


External Review
04/28/2010

Leading with a complex mix of cassis, coffee, sweet leather and a hint of forest-floor spice in the nose, this intriguing wine runs true to expectations on the palate with layered, equally complex Cabernet flavors. Its initial impressions of supple ... Connoisseurs' Guide. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. 1500ml


External Review
10/06/2009

Planted by the Warren Winiarski family in 1970 S.L.V. achieved international fame when three year old vines from the 1973 harvest produced a wine that shocked the wine world by triumphing over some of Frances greatest wines in a 1976 blind tasting known as the `Judgment of Paris.` Today this history-making vineyard continues to yield wines of multi-layered complexity structure and spicy intensity.


External Review
02/04/2009

Merlot vines grow exceptionally in the Bale Loams of Stags? Leap: alluvial soils with volcanic ash minerality.Underneath the top layer exists a deeper layer of sandy loam laced with gravel and cobbles, allowing the kind of quick and thorough drainage


External Review
05/20/2011

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. (SLV) Napa Valley 2005 750ML


External Review
04/14/2010

ST: 91 Points WS: 86 Points


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesA vibrant nose of plum, cassis, nutmeg, black licorice and hints of rosemary greets the taster, with additional layers of raspberry, tealeaf, rose petals and vanilla. Concentrated flavors of black cherry, plum, cassis, baked cherry pie, cocoa, toast, and allspice intermingle with dusty tannins, hints of white pepper and tobacco. Perfectly balanced and firmly structured, this wine has significant aging potential and is ready to enjoy now with an herb-stuffed turkey accompanied by a velvety chestnut soup.


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