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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Artemis 2008

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Deep garnet in color, the ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon offers black cherry and cassis tones and a velvety texture to the tannins. The wine delivers great depth and fruit concentration without heaviness on the palate. The incredible combination of vineyards in this blend shows the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars signature style of balance, elegance and restraint. The bright fruit, firm structure and balanced acidity allow this wine to pair well with food. Enjoy it with braised short ribs or filet mignon with a Cabernet green peppercorn demi-glace.

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: tabednar
949302,449
5.00 5
03/21/2013

Excellent Cabernet at a reasonable price. Decanted for about an 1 hour. Noticeable tartaric acid crystals. Explosion of blackberry with the subtlety of a rich chocolate background. Earthy with herbs amongst developing tannins. Good now and well probably age well within the next 5 years.


Snooth User: kadlena
953963226
3.50 5
05/23/2012

Three and a half glasses


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

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Notes of chocolate, blackberry and plum, and a waft of French oak that adds vanilla and clove aromas. Itrsquo;s hard to imagine prettier tannins, at once soft and luxurious. Call it a fine example from a light vintage.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A pretty nose of ripe raspberry and blackberries integrated with bittersweet chocolate and sweet-clove spice aromas and flavors.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A silky, inviting wine with lush fruit centered on black cherries and red plums, with a hint of blackberry and a sprinkling of chocolate and spice. the finish is long and rich, with echoes of the opening fruit.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Dark, rich and concentrated, with flavors that veer into herb, mulch and blackberry. Mouthcoating tannins on the finish. Best from 2004 through 2009.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A stunning success for its wonderfully extracted, complex meacute;lange of blackberry, cassis, sweet anise, plum and cured tobacco. Thatrsquo;s what rigorous selection can accomplish in a so-so vintage. The flavors are wrapped in the rich, sweet tannins and balanced acids yoursquo;d expect from this appellation. Might age, but best now through next year.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

There is a ripeness and concentration to this wine that represents a new style. Although elegantly structured, the wine has lots of extraction and a new level of density. But it still has the briary character that is the trademark of Stagrsquo;s Leap Merlot, layered with aromas of fresh and dried herbs and flavors of black cherry, raspberry jam, lemon grass and Belgian hot cocoa. It is truly a wine with a sense of place.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Distinctive for its candied cherry, plum, strawberry and berryish flavors, with supple tannins and good length. Drink now through 2007.


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Deep garnet in color, the ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon offers black cherry and cassis tones and a velvety texture to the tannins. The wine delivers great depth and fruit concentration without heaviness on the palate. The incredible combination of vineyards in this blend shows the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars signature style of balance, elegance and restraint. The bright fruit, firm structure and balanced acidity allow this wine to pair well with food. Enjoy it with braised short ribs or filet mignon with a Cabernet green peppercorn demi-glace.

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