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Stags' Leap Winery Red Blend Napa Valley Ne Cede Malis 2005

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A tribute to the Gypsies who labored, danced, and slept on the property during the Grange era Visitors to Stags' Leap in the mid-twentieth century were sometimes greeted by the sight of gypsies dancing around campfires in the vineyards. In addition to picking the grapes, gypsies camped on the estate with the blessing of its owner, Frances Grange. Gypsy Camp expresses our devotion to Rhône varieties at Stags' Leap, a tradition that dates back to the first plantings in 1888.

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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

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07/13/2014

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External Reviews for Stags' Leap Winery Red Blend Napa Valley Ne Cede Malis

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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 and all other wine from Stags' Leap Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 9 Pts 2005 and all other wine from Stags' Leap Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/28/2010

A barrel sample of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Leap Estate Reserve reveals promising potential. Its opaque deep ruby/purple color is followed by a wine with higher acids and more noticeable structure than the 2004, as well as deep, concentrated black... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon The Leap 750ml


External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

This wine opens with aromas of cassis and plum with notes of earth leather and cocoa powder in the background. Dark dense layers of black cherry blackberry and cranberry greet the palate and are supported by supple tannins and a full mid-palate. A lengthy finish of plum compte roasted coffee and baking spices comlete this classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
01/06/2011

Winemaker's notes:Planted by the Warren Winiarski family in 1970, S.L.V. achieved international fame when three year old vines from the 1973 harvest produced a wine that shocked the wine world by triumphing over some of France's greatest wines in a 1976 blind tasting known as the "Judgment of Paris". Today, this history-making vineyard continues to yield wines of multi-layered complexity, structure, and spicy intensity.In its youth, this wine rewards those who let it sit in the glass and open up before discovering its generous character. At first, it presents dark fruit and floral aromas, then an earthy hint of rosemary and black truffle. Similar flavors unfold, including dark cherry, blueberry and plum that join with cocoa powder and spiced vanilla. This mouthfilling wine builds in richness and density through its long, smooth finish. Try it with a dry-aged porterhouse steak, grilled game, or a wild mushroom tart.


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

Winemaker's notes:Planted by the Warren Winiarski family in 1970, S.L.V. achieved international fame when three year old vines from the 1973 harvest produced a wine that shocked the wine world by tri


External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

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A tribute to the Gypsies who labored, danced, and slept on the property during the Grange era Visitors to Stags' Leap in the mid-twentieth century were sometimes greeted by the sight of gypsies dancing around campfires in the vineyards. In addition to picking the grapes, gypsies camped on the estate with the blessing of its owner, Frances Grange. Gypsy Camp expresses our devotion to Rhône varieties at Stags' Leap, a tradition that dates back to the first plantings in 1888.

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