Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008
92-94 points Robert Parker: The outstanding 2008 Cask 23 Estate may be the finest Cask 23 made since the late eighties and early nineties. It will be in bottle by the time this report is read. A deep ruby/plum/purple color is accompanied by notes of sweet plums, black currants, cherries, spice box and cedar. The wine possesses beautiful texture, a full-bodied richness and a long, natural finish. It should drink well for 15 or more years. (Dec 2010)
External Reviews for Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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...
The 2008 CASK 23 offers continuously unfolding aromas of violets, cassis, whole and crushed blackberries, oak spice, dark cocoa, cedar and subtle cigar box. It s intense, yet still vibrant and fresh, with concentrated flavors which build through the finish and linger after each sip. Silky texture and refined tannins complete the portrait. Serve CASK 23 with braised beef cheeks or crown roast of lamb.