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Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015

Member Review by EMark:

Gentle on entry. Very light flavors of cassis, blueberry on the tip of the tongue. Some earthiness. Sturdy tannins and acid. I suppose that aging will not hurt this wine, but I really don’t see any reason to not enjoy this wine now.

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Stags' Leap Winery:
A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags’ Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s. Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of ... Read more
A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags’ Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s. Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at a time when resort and spa business was big. In addition to lodging and dining, amenities included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, children’s activities, golf, music, cards, a library, and Napa Valley wines and liquors (prior to and after Prohibition). Read less

Member Reviews for Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,615
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 05/14/2017

Gentle on entry. Very light flavors of cassis, blueberry on the tip of the tongue. Some earthiness. Sturdy tannins and acid. I suppose that aging will not hurt this wine, but I really don’t see any reason to not enjoy this wine now.


3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 12/04/2015

Very good full bodied cabernet, my only criticism is the oak is a bit too heavy on the finish and takes over. Probably drink now, aging will make the oak stand out more and it would end up unbalanced. 89 points


Snooth User: Teppo
4231181,045
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/09/2012

Three glasses


Snooth User: Kagrillot
74670025
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/14/2011

This is a great wine for the price point. Good, smooth finish and ready now. Decanted was even better. I just ordered another case.


Snooth User: MFWest78
88724921
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/29/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,546
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/21/2011

Inky black licorice nose with currants. The mouth has a tart raspberry quality, nice balance between fruit and tannins, and a kind of citric butteriness on the finish. A full-bodied wine with some nice qualities.


3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/21/2011

Bright red fruit aromas, cherry cola and brown sugar aromas. The palate is much more austere, leading with strong oak, strong tannins, and leathery texture.


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External Reviews for Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/29/2018

Tasting Notes: The 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and dark, with an abundance of blackberry, cherry and dark plum alongside nuances of lifted violet, sweet cinnamon and clove spice. On the palate, the dark berry fruits proliferate with blackberry, plum and cassis, but there is also a beautiful savory quality exhibiting notes of leather, tobacco and earth, giving this Cabernet a classic old-world feel and elegance. Seamlessly integrated oak and refined tannins provide a smooth mouthfeel and add layers of complexity, all wrapping up with a spicy lengthy finish. Incredibly approachable and pleasing upon release, this wine is sure to dazzle and pair well alongside many culinary treats. Vineyard Notes: Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with Napa Valley and has always been a mainstay in the winemaking program at Stags’ Leap Winery. Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a combination of estate fruit and grapes from select Napa Valley growers with a focus on sourcing from the valley floor. Winemaker Christophe Paubert selects fruit that is similar in expression to the grapes from the Stags’ Leap estate, avoiding fruit from areas he considers to be too warm and instead sourcing grapes from the southern part of Napa Valley, where the climate is cooler. This strategic sourcing ensures the focus and character for which Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignons are known. Vintage Notes: After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage resulted in a less abundant crop, but the quality remained exceptional. The mild, dry spring conditions promoted an early bud-break and minimal heat during summer allowed the fruit to ripen at a steady pace through picking, which began a few days earlier than 2014. The drier-than-normal conditions contributed to the smaller berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with outstanding concentration and flavor, making the overall season ideal for producing Cabernet Sauvignon of wonderful quality. Winemaking Notes: The first several weeks of a wine’s life are crucial. While the grapes for this wine were undergoing fermentation and maceration, Christophe and his team tasted and tested each lot daily to determine the pump overs regime, how much air the wine needed, and the best temperature to optimize maceration and extraction. After pressing off the skins, 37% of the wine went into new French oak barrels while the remainder went to seasoned French oak; this combination preserves freshness and gives the fruit more room to express itself. The wine aged for 20 months prior to bottling.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 05/13/2016

The 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with generous dark cherry, juicy plum, currant and cassis, while accents of black pepper and chocolate give it a classic feel. Seamlessly integrated oak and refined tannins provide wonderful texture while the bright, fresh fruit flavors balance the wine’s impressive concentration. - Winery


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 04/11/2015

Lush and opulent in black cherry, blackberry and black plum, with intricacies ranging from dried lavender and tarragon to coffee. On the palate, the rich black fruit continues and a focused red fruit core arises showcasing cranberry, red cherry and pomegranate. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2011 03/06/2015

A vibrant, rich ruby color segways into aromas of freshly picked strawberries, followed by hints of ripe blackberries and blueberries. Well-integrated aromatic notes of shortbread, vanilla, clove, white pepper and fresh herbs, particularly anise, provide layers of complexity and intrigue. Supple and silky tannins lead to a lingering juicy berry finish.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifies the elegant success that resulted from the cooler 2011 vintage. Black currant, cherry and blueberry aromatics remain distinctly bright in this inviting wine. The palate offers a layered complexity of forest floor, savory herbs, and sweet tobacco that seamlessly blends with the vibrant red fruit. Persistent tannins frame a round, full structure and soft, fresh finish. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2011 01/20/2015

Juicy cassis fills the palate in this balanced wine, blended with small percentages of Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. With a leathery texture and earthy underbody, it’s mellow with supple finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 01/20/2015

This wine’s red currant fruit is sweet and ripe, taking some time to coalesce out of the dry, woody tannins and tart acidity. With air, it forms a simple, clean line of cassis flavor, a focused, savory red to decant for roast lamb.


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