Wine Advocate #198 Dec 2011 - Antonio Galloni - The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon SLV Estate shows off deep layers of expressive black fruit, licorice, white flowers and tar. Here, too, the influence of Antinori is felt in the wine’s polish, even if the real leap in quality does not take place until 2010 for this bottling. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the big, dramatic finish. This is a hugely delicious wine with plenty of intensity and sheer personality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.
- Country: USA
- Wine Region: California
- Wine Area: Napa Valley
- Wine Maker: Nicki Pruss
- Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Grape Percentage: 100%
- Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2024
Rich and inviting, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers powerful blackberry and black cherry aromas with hints of cigar box and spice. The black fruit carries over onto the palate and is accented by notes of anise, mandarin orange, violets and cassis. The tannins are smooth and fi ne-grained, allowing the wine to flow smoothly across the palate. The wine has great acidity and a persistent fruit-driven finish.
Founded in 1970 by the Warren Winiarski family, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is considered a Napa Valley first growth producing world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic vineyards. The winery first brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when its 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famous 1976 Paris Tasting (also known as the “Judgment of Paris”) by besting some of the most celebrated wines of Bordeaux. Their three estate-grown.. read more
Tasted Feb 2012 - Higher vineyard. More concentrated and polished and interesting than the Fay.
Issue Nov 15, 2012 - Savory and complex, with dried herb and berry, tobacco, subtle currant and olive notes. Elegant, with persistent flavors. Drink now through 2023. 2,000 cases made. –JL
May 12 by Stephen Tanzer - Good bright red-ruby. Medicinal black cherry, menthol and licorice lifted by a suggestion of exotic fruits. A supple midweight with modest definition of flavor. Seems a bit pinched on the back half, with the dusty finishing tannins turning a tad green with air.
An awesome Cabernet, so elegant, powerful and refined. As softly attractive as it is, it has a reserve of power that should enable it to age effortlessly. Ripe, sweet tannins house exorbitant flavors of blackberries and cassis, accented with new oak. It makes for a full-bodied, showy 100% Cabernet, drinkable now and over the next 15 years. — S.H. (4/1/2012)
The vineyard blocks in S.L.V. provided a “painter’s palette” of Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics with which to create this blend. As the majority of the 1970s-era vines have aged past their grape-producing prime, they have been gradually replanted, perpetuating the life of this historic vineyard. The “grande dame” of the vineyard, S.L.V. Block 4,planted in 1972, still graces this blend. These vines along with blocks on the eastern side of S.L.V., characterized by their fire-borne volcanic soils, give this wine its structure and sense of minerality along with concentrated dark fruit fl avors and ripe, elegant tannins. Vines in alluvial soils in the western part of the vineyard add vibrant fruit accent notes and heady aromatics. Each lot was vinifi ed and aged separately in small French oak barrels for 20 months, allowing the characteristics of each block to develop. In the latter stages of aging, the barrel lots were blended to create the 2009 offering.