In the nose, the wine is like a lush garden scented by ripe berry, cassis and crushed violets. A honeyed texture luxuriously flavored by currant and black cherry is embroidered by French oak accents. Flavors recede slowly over a framework of gentle tannins. This is the wine to accompany grilled rib-eye steaks served in Cabernet butter or a Gruyère and herb soufflé.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThe familial stamp found in the first aromas of the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars set is unmistakable. Creamy oak, wisps of smoke and cocoa enhance the wine's ripe cherry and quietly dried berry notes leading to a winery-typical supple entry. But, whereas its mates seem to go on and on, this one stalls out just a bit, and in spite of its evident charms is less convincing overall. It very much needs time in bottle to smooth out.