(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
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.
Robert Parker(From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/31/2014
Wine Spectator(From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/09/2015
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