(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...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesOur 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...