This robust, ruby-black wine boasts a harmony of aromas including dense dried cherry, blackberry jam and red plum interwoven with rich toffee, dried herbs and cigar box notes. The equally bountiful and beautifully structured palate resonates with vibrant black cherry and currant fruits against a background of sweet briar, chocolate-roasted coffee and a subtle white pepper spice, leading into a soft, lengthy cocoa finish with silky-smooth tannins.
Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot
"From the home appellation, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap has an intriguing nose of black cherries, black currants, lead pencil shavings and a subtle dosage of wood spice. Medium to full-bodied, with good underlying structure largely concealed by rich cassis fruit and a cedary, spicy, floral note, it is a well-balanced, beautifully made wine to drink over the next 15 or more years.
The Wine Advocate