(From 1999 Vintage)
Aromas of raspberries and plums rise up in the glass, followed by rosemary and allspice. The palate is filled with similar kinds of sensations like black cherry, black berry, blueberry and candied orange peel.
88 Points, Wine Spectator:
"A dense, chewy, earthy style that shows off rich pencil lead, currant, earth and mocha flavors. Clamps down on the finish, where it flexes its tannins and reveals a cedary oak flavor. Best from 2004 through 2010. 18,500 cases made. –JL" (8/31/2002)
85 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"The anticipation of opening a Stag’s Leap Cabernet is always high, which is perhaps unfair. But there it is. This wine disappoints. Blackberry flavors sit next to leaner, herbal ones, and the tannins are dry and aggressive. But acidity is low and it feels gooey in the mouth. May mellow with some cellaring. — S.H." (11/15/2002)
(From 2002 Vintage) During this wine’s youth, we suggest coaxing its aromatics and flavors to the fore by gently swirling it in the glass, to increase the exposure to oxygen. Swirl and then savor the welcoming scents of dried rose petals, smoke, and sandalwood, followed by hints of green olive, date, black pepper, and cedar. This rich array is echoed in the mouth, which fills with flavors of vanilla, olives, sandalwood, and black cherry. The wine’s complexity continues to unfold as the finish slowly, gracefully rece...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) A touch less herbal and a little richer in sweet oak spice than its sibling from the Fay Vineyard, this bottling shares a certain familial plumpness and palatal suppleness nonetheless. It juxtaposes lots of ripe cherries and deep, cassis-like fruit with elements of milk chocolate, vanilla and cream-sweetened coffee in its very long and nicely layered flavors. It is bound to tempt early drinking owing to its obvious polish, but its stuffing and essential structure insure that it will hold up nicel...
Wine Spectator(From 2002 Vintage)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2003 Vintage) Our favorite bottling of the current line-up from Stag's Leap, the latest S.L.V. is a very deep, genuinely complex Cabernet with a broad sweep of well-ripened fruit upon which is layered lots of cappuccino, cocoa, loam, sweet briar and hints of vanilla. As deeply flavorful as the wine may be, it also earns very high points for its impeccable balance and polish, and, if it is so well put together that it can be enjoyed while in its youth, it strikes us a very serious wine that will continue to evo...
Wine Spectator(From 1973 Vintage) Rating: 82/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/01/86
Wine Enthusiast(From 1998 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast