(From 1997 Vintage) Concentarated fruit aromas and flavors.Fay wines are perfumed by radiant berry characteristics, whose flavors reveal themselves like the mysterious characters they are. The aromas are lavish, evocative of ripe loganberry, black currant, crushed lavender and French vanilla bean. A supple entry of resonating fruit, spice, oak highlights and tannins caress the tongue after the wine is swallowed, creating pure enchantment.Wine Spectator 92 points
(From 2007 Vintage) All of our 2007 red wines are remarkably fruit-forward and accessible in their youth, yet remain true to Stag's Leap Wine Cellars house style: refined, elegant and suggesting a long life in the cellar. The 2007 FAY shows the typical bright cherry aromatic signature of the vineyard, as well as barrel spice, sandalwood, red plum and subtle sous bois (forest floor) aromas. The palate is fresh and energetic, with perfectly ripened red and black cherry and plum fruit. Gentle notes of spice, caramel and marshmallow cream sit in the background, adding nuance without masking the fruit character. The wine is solidly structured yet supple, closing with refreshing natural acidity. Enjoy it with duck breast with cherry sauce or black olive-stuffed roasted squab.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 1998 Vintage) 3% Merlot. This bottling has somewhat less stuffing than its sib- lings, but we prefer it marginally to the SLV because it is a little smoother and rounder in texture, and thus, it impresses as easier to drink. It is also a little less soft behind its moderately firming finishing tannins and comes across as that much better balanced in the bargain.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 1996 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Aug-06
Wine Advocate(From 1996 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 126 on Jan-00
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 1997 Vintage) (10% Petit Verdot; 5% Merlot). While it is a clean, carefully made, entirely correct Cabernet, this very expensive offering strikes us being a little low-keyed but never without rich and nicely fruited charms. Its richness insures certain ageability of at least five or six years.
Appellation America(From 2003 Vintage) It was from this vineyard - Nathan Fay’s - in 1969 where it all started for Warren Winiarski and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. When he tasted Fay’s ‘68 Cabernet from this vineyard, he fell in love. Recently, Winiarski told me of that experience: “(When) I tasted Nathan Fay’s wine … it all fell together. It was so profound. It expressed what was (heretofore) partial to what I had tasted. It was a culmination. I didn’t articulate that, but this was a feeling. … It had freshness, acidity. It had a unique combination of softness and structure, strength and suppleness. It had read more...a perfume that was characteristic of rose pedals and black cherry. It had persisted. It had fine-grained structural elements. It felt like linen as it moved across your palate. It resonated. It had length and intricacies.” Winiarski bought that vineyard in 1986, and from it he’s produced some great wines, including this one. I may not be capable of putting it as eloquently as Winiarski, but the 2003 Fay I believe is aromatic with the satin-like structure to which he spoke. And there’s also the power to which he noted with the ’68, as well as the fine-grained tannin. There’s layer-upon-layer of fruit - blackberry now instead of black cherry - mineral and acidity. Hold onto it for a year or so, and relish it for another 25 years. The wine was fermented for 27 months in French oak, 87 percent of which was new. The listed alcohol is a restrained 13.7 percent. (hide)