CASK 23, our proprietary bottling produced only in particularly meritorious vintages, is drawn entirely from S.L.V. and FAY, our estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District. Over the years, we’ve learned that certain blocks and sub-blocks within these properties consistently yield grapes of exceptional quality. The choice of which grapes will go into CASK 23 is far from automatic, however. Even within sub-blocks of proven greatness, the quality of fruit varies from year to year and from vine to v...
showed signs of age at opening but fought back fiercely to demonstrate truly athletic legs and nose. got better with time and went on strong after 5 hours. totally surprising. nice.
Spectacular! Smooth and silky with a distinct peppery note, well worth waiting for. Finishes on a velvety note that leaves you craving more. 98pts CD
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2003 Vintage) There is no shortfall of richness to this very solid, handsomely oaked wine, and it exhibits fine concentration and overall balance. It is not, at this point at least, quite so complex or as well-polished as it sibling above, and it finishes a bit on the dry side with pushy tannins limiting its commendable fruit. If its need for aging is clear, it is never so tough as to need extended time in the cellar, and we would tag it for drinking after some four or five years.
Wine Advocate(From 1985 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 84 on Dec-92
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 1992 Vintage) Not unlike the previous wine in structure, but much more classic in its delivery of ripe cherry fruit tinged with notes of cola, caramel and an elusive hint of dried flowers that is the patina of successful bottle aging, this one is maturing now and will peak in the next few years. It gets it points for current drinkability.
Wine Advocate(From 1992 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 101 on Oct-95
Wine Spectator(From 1992 Vintage) Rating: 82/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/04.