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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Member Review by spartan:

had this wine at a fine dining restaurant and it was outstanding. One of my favorite vineyards, always great wine and value for the price. I never regret this for any occasion or just an average evening for dinner regardless of vintage Im always pleased.

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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, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown.

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Snooth User: spartan
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5.00 5
12/16/2008

had this wine at a fine dining restaurant and it was outstanding. One of my favorite vineyards, always great wine and value for the price. I never regret this for any occasion or just an average evening for dinner regardless of vintage Im always pleased.


Snooth User: edmo
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3.00 5
10/20/2010

Enjoyed a bottle the other evening with friends--drank a 99 Stags Leap as well. The 98 SLV was better but neither really impressed me for the price/value.


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

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

Warren Winiarskirsquo;s Cask 23 and SLV Cabernets are often slow starters, then come back to surprise and delight. These two wines from the rsquo;92 vintage are no exception, sharing similar flavor profiles, the Cask 23 painted on a larger canvas. The Cask 23rsquo;s aromas are more exotic, possessing as they do more facets to explore. There is a keynote of blackberry with the wild cherry overtones found in the SLV, and they carry over to the palate. The middle palate impression needs to fill out, as it may well, and tannins need to resolve, all this being perhaps five years away. As always, ldquo;Cask 23rdquo; is a beautifully and intelligently made wine.


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

The 1990 Cask 23 exhibits a tell-tale bouquet of sweet, jammy cassis, herbs, coffee, olives, cedar, and chocolate. The Cask 23 always offers one of the most complex and enticing Cabernet-based bouquets in California. Soft, medium to full-bodied, harmonious flavors, with well-integrated tannin and low acidity make for a generous, velvety-textured mouthful of classically proportioned, compelling Cabernet. Like most of the finest vintages of Cask 23, it is delicious young, but possesses the cunning ability to age effortlessly for 12ndash;15 or more years.


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

[Barrel tasting] Supple and elegant, with pretty, spicy currant, floral, anise, black cherry and toasty oak flavors that build. Gains complexity on the finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Warren Winiarski designed Cask 23 as a blend of Fay and SLV, vineyards with two kinds of soil: Thereandrsquo;s a wash of loam at the base of the hills, and volcanic rock up on the ridges. Winiarski thinks of this Cabernet Sauvignon as a blend of andldquo;water blocksandrdquo; (loam soils giving smooth, supple character), and andldquo;fire blocksandrdquo; (volcanic soils providing a more intensity, fiery side). In this andrsquo;98, you can practically smell the astringency in the aroma, the blackness of plum skin, the deep chocolate texture of the tannins all seeming to create a black veil to the richness of the wine. Nothing is revealed, and yet the wine is immensely generous. To gain access to the wine, youandrsquo;ll probably need to wait a decade.


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

Like the S.L.V., this wine keeps developing with air, and needs plenty of it to begin to show itself. Cask 23 is so intense and wrapped up in its black and supple tannins that itrsquo;s hard to perceive much beyond them at first. They give a youthful green spiciness, a tight leanness of flavor that has yet to grow into the sumptuous texture. But the character of the wine is there to taste, slightly old-fashioned, whetting the appetite for boudin noir with apples even now. Better to put it away for a decade and find out what it has become.


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

This red blend is intense and concentrated, with a rich and supple texture and loads of currant, anise, black cherry, plum and berry notes. On the finish, the flavors weave together into a complex tapestry, and though firmly tannic, itrsquo;s perfectly balanced. Tempting now; at its best from 2000 to 2006, maybe beyond.


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

[Barrel tasting] At first it reveals an earthy, gamy flavor, but grows into a very distinctive wine, with rich layers of earthy currant, coffee and mocha. Shows a supple texture and excellent depth and length, all the while maintaining a sense of elegance.


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