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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Cask 23 2010
External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Cask 23
The 2010 CASK 23 combines the signature perfume notes of FAY vineyard with the structure and minerality of S.L.V. The wine opens with deep red and black cherry aromas along with notes of juicy strawberry, cocoa and spice. The wine has an elegant texture with very fine tannins and great acidity. On the palate the wine is full bodied with rich dark berry fruit with hints of cedar and white truffle that lead to a long fruit and spice driven finish. - WineryBarrel Aging: 21 months, 90% new French oakAlcohol: 14.5%pH: 3.71Total Acidity: 0.58g/100ml
CASK 23 is a tale of two vineyards that come together in a harmonious blend. For the 2010 offering, slightly more than half of the grapes were grown in our FAY vineyard while the balance was from select areas in S.L.V.
In a vintage such as 2010 where individual terroirs are so clearly marked, the Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cask 23 - a blend of the SLV and Fay - is at a distinct disadvantage because it naturally lacks the character and personality of those two wines. I must also note that the SLV and Fay have improved dramatically on their own terms, so the rationale of blending them is further diminished. To be sure the Cask 23 is an excellent representation of the vintage. There is plenty of 2010 fruit, structure and tannin, along with attractive hints of smoke, tar and incense, but at the end of the day, I find the Cask 23 less satisfying than Stags' Leap Wine Cellars' very best wines. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030. This 100% Cabernet is a blend of the winery's S.L.V. and Fay vineyards, and one of the most famous bottlings in Napa Valley. But the 2010 simply is not in the same league of past bottlings. It's pleasant with rich blackberry, cherry, cocoa and ...