Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
A complex series of aromas unfold in the glass, from warm berries and concentrated cassis, to chocolate fudge, violets, and barrel spices. The deep, dark fruit and chocolate flavors are surrounded by a velvety texture and fine tannins that linger on the palate.
"Albeit a very young wine, this complex and com-pelling take on Napa Valley Cabernet already conveys the sense of layering and fruity depth that marks the best of the breed. Its deep and articulate themes of cassis and ripe cherries are nicely enriched by attractive elements of vanilla-bean sweetness, toast and deft forest-floor spice, and, while fairly tannic, it is always supple and polished in feel. It is never a bold or boisterous wine, but it can be counted on to gain in both beauty and grace for five to ten years."
"A very good but not great Cask 23, showing plenty of decadence and flair but not perhaps that extra edge of complexity. It’s forward now in sweet new oak and flashy, jammy blackberries, cherries and raspberries. The tannins are quite an achievement, rich, vibrant and supple. Made from 100% Cabernet, it’s full-bodied and dense, with a chocolaty finish. Could gain in the bottle beyond 2012 to about 2018."
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