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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Member Review by SandyGMT:

Of all the wines I have shared with my boss, this is the first he has ever commented on. He is much more knowledgable than I am about wines. I know what I like, he knows what is really good! :-) At any rate, it was very easy to drink and was great with the NY Strip I had for dinner.

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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... 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 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: SandyGMT
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/03/2009

Of all the wines I have shared with my boss, this is the first he has ever commented on. He is much more knowledgable than I am about wines. I know what I like, he knows what is really good! :-) At any rate, it was very easy to drink and was great with the NY Strip I had for dinner.

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/18/2010

At first glance, a big glass of black cherries and vanilla with a little smoke underneath. Aromas of dark berry fruit, cocoa and a dustiness. Palate offers a smokiness, old leather mixed with dark berries and chocolate, some coffee notes add to the complexity of the wine as well. This is considered the winery's house cabernet.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/22/2010

loads of christmas spices, currants, hot apple cider and cinnamon on the nose combined with blackberry fruit. Palate offers to a concentration of dark fruits, wonderful complexity of enriching flavors. Med+ tannins with a balanced acidity. There is a spice at the finish with cinnamon and cocoa notes


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,286
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/18/2010

This is a leaner version of classic Napa cab. This is very refined and is a joy to drink. Tasted at Geneva tasting 4/18/2010


Snooth User: joss
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 06/23/2010

a very smooth, pleasant cabernet. not as big and bold as i like my reds, but certainly an elegant, balanced affair, worthy of long, slow languid enjoyment.


Snooth User: Alby
36721084
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/04/2010

Goes nicely with steak and mushrooms. Will age 5 or more years and develop further complexity.


Snooth User: beezdrunkit
70165124
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/05/2011

Paired this one with a huge porterhouse cooked rare/med. Match made in heaven. Nice and full bodied, deep colored with a lengthy finish. I knew it would pack somewhat of a punch, but surprisingly easy tannins for a Napa cab and a good amount of dark fruit. Would recommend if you don't mind spending $40 a bottle.


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External Reviews for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vintage: 2006 11/19/2009

Winemaker's Notes: Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with the Napa Valley in general and Stags Leap District in particular. In the Estate vineyards, we take full advantage of this ideal location, planting Cabernet vines in deep, well-drained loamy volcanic soils. The 2006 growing season began with a rainy and cool spring, which slightly delayed bud break. Warm summer months kept harvest on track by gradually advancing fruit maturity, and the moderate temperatures continued into harvest allowing the Cabernet to achieve ripeness of flavor and tannin without compromising natural acidity. Harvest progressed perfectly, and aroma, tannin, and flavor profile for this vintage is truly exceptional.


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Vintage: 2006 10/24/2011

A very good but not great Cask 23, showing plenty of decadence and flair but not perhaps that extra edge of complexity. It's forward now in sweet new oak and flashy, jammy blackberries, cherries and raspberries. The tannins are quite an achievement, rich, vibrant and supple. Made from 100% Cabernet, it's full-bodied and dense, with a chocolaty finish. Could gain in the bottle beyond 2012 to about 2018. S.H.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/19/2011

Good full red-ruby. Aromas of roasted currant, chocolate mint and sexy oak. Juicy, pliant and broad, with nicely ripe flavors of red currant. raspberry, bitter chocolate and mint. Finishes with ripe tannins, a kiss of spicy oak and very good length.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 09/23/2011

"The Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon opens with complex aromas of cinnamon


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/19/2011

Austere, with moderately ripe currant, sage, herb, and blackberry flavors. Medium-weight and well-balanced. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/19/2011

Clean and bright aromas of cassis and blackberry, with a note of anise. Great fruit expression and excellent tannic structure; finishes strong, with balanced acidity. Excellent with game dishes.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/19/2011

Beautifully polished, ripe and intricate Cabernet from an awesome vintage, with layers of rich currant, plum, mocha, sage and floral notes, finishing long and firm, with a complex aftertaste. Best from 2002 through 2012.


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