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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
After the old wines this was a shock to the system with it's intense nose of prune jam, oak, and milk chocolate. On the palate this is so rich and creamy with surprisingly solid acidity and a good wall of youthfull tannin clamping down on the finish. The fruit clings like a sheet to the structure and leads to a very chewy midpalate that is really quite powerful without being over the top. Still a babe and in need of time in the cellar or a great decant this is promising Cab. 2011-2025Add winemaker's notes
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.
Editorial Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon
After the old wines this was a shock to the system with it's intense nose of prune jam, oak, and milk chocolate. On the palate this is so rich and creamy with surprisingly solid acidity and a good wall of youthfull tannin clamping down on the finish. The fruit clings like a sheet to the structure and leads to a very chewy midpalate that is really quite powerful without being over the top. Still a babe and in need of time in the cellar or a great decant this is promising Cab. 2011-2025
Cream of the crop in the Stag's Leap District. The staff at Stag's Leap set up a blind tasting of Cask 23, SLV, Fay, and Artemis for both my wife and me. We each independently ranked them the same, and in that order. No doubt Cask 23 was the superior bottle. Bold and full-bodied, yet balanced. Tannins could mellow a bit, but given a few years in the cellar it should be wonderful.
We have this wine in our cellar and are saving for a special day!
One of the best wines I've had. Opened it up in the 11th year, simply beautiful....dry, complex, smooth....like drinking liquid velvet.
External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon
A complex series of aromas unfold in the glass, from warm berries and concentrated cassis, to chocolate fudge, violets, and barrel spices. The deep, dark fruit and chocolate flavors are surrounded by a velvety texture and fine tannins that linger on the palate. Stag's Leap Website
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 ...
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. - Winery Barrel Aging: 21 months, 90% new French oak Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.71 Total Acidity: 0.58g/100ml
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Estate is dark rich and intensely satisfying. Layers of dark fruit flow effortlessly from this big, textured Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 possesses gorgeous mid-palate depth and stunning overall balance, especially relative to other recent vintages. This is a super-impressive showing. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. - Robert Parker 94+ Points Shows impressive elegance, refinement, detail and complexity, with subtle currant, dried berry, dried herb and cedar notes, ending with a long graceful finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,800 cases made. -JL Bright ruby-red, the most saturated of these 2009 cabernets. Good floral and herbal lift to the aromas of currant, black cherry, soil and underbrush. A step up in pliancy of texture and depth, with good vinosity giving shape to the middle palate. Finishes with rather suave tannins, a whiff of herbs and sneaky persistence. Still, this is less expansive on the back end tha...
One sip is all it takes to fall in love with this 100% Cabernet, which hails from the winery's Stags Leap District vineyards. It's soft, lush and opulent in blackberry, cherry, blueberry, cassis, dark chocolate and smoky oak flavors. Although it was aged in 100% new French oak, the oak isn't at all heavy. Rather, it's perfect, adding just the right touch of smoke. Really fabulous, and the tannins define Stags Leap, so strong yet sweetly refined. If you can keep your hands off it, this is a wine to cellar for many years. - S.H. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 Estate is another big, burly wine characterized by hard tannins and an overall impression of rusticity. Dark cherries, plums and licorice are some of the notes that take shape in the glass, but ultimately the 2008 offers limited elegance. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028. Serves up a wide range of complex flavors, yet they are diffuse and lack focus, so this comes across as a jumble of roasted he...
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