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 2005 Vintage) Almost sure to raise controversy with its involving aromas of leather, roasted coffee, scorched chocolate and herbs, this unique offering smacks ever so faintly of Syrah and may not fit the fruity Cabernet model, but its complexity is beyond any argument. It is smooth and supple in feel with plenty of palatal weight and a fine sense of polish, and its neatly fit spine of firm structural tannins is precisely the stuff of fine Cabernet. A few years of age should make a good thing better, and it h...
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.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) 11% Merlot; 8% Cabernet Franc; 4% Malbec; 2% Petit Verdot. The most complex of the Stag's Leap lot, this fascinating effort is simply brimming with ripe cherries and very rich oak and shows intriguing touches of leather, coffee, cocoa and caramel throughout its length. It is fairly full and broad on the palate with fine balance and a mannerly, well-polished feel, and, if a slight touch of last-minute tannin jumps up at its finish, there is no doubt that a few years in bottle with smooth things ou...
Wine Spectator(From 1990 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/96
Wine & Spirits(From 1998 Vintage) Warren Winiarski designed Cask 23 as a blend of Fay and SLV, vineyards with two kinds of soil: Therersquo;s a wash of loam at the base of the hills, and volcanic rock up on the ridges. Winiarski thinks of this Cabernet Sauvignon as a blend of ldquo;water blocksrdquo; (loam soils giving smooth, supple character), and ldquo;fire blocksrdquo; (volcanic soils providing a more intensity, fiery side). In this rsquo;98, you can practically smell the astringency in the aroma, the blackness of plum skin, the deep chocolate texture of the tannins all seeming to create a black veil to the richness of the wine. Nothing is revealed, and yet the wine is immensely generous. To gain access to the wine, yoursquo;ll probably need to wait a decade.