(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 1997 Vintage) 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 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.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2001 Vintage) The 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.
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 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.