(From 1996 Vintage) Dark, ripe and rich - classic Napa Cab. It’s young and tight now, of course, with jammy blackcurrant fruit and sweet oak, and the tannins are finely etched, but firm. Finishes with concentrated blackberry fruit, but dry and raspy right now. The stuffing and balance are there for it to develop into a beautiful wine. — W.E. Wine Enthusiast-92 points
(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...
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Wine Advocate(From 1992 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 96 on Dec-94
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...
Robert Parker(From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/17/2010
Robert Parker(From 2008 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/17/2010
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...