This Cabernet Sauvignon, with its supple tannins and black cherry fruit flavors, is a pure expression of the world-famous Stags Leap District appellation. The 2005 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in the Bordeaux style by carefully blending 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 5%Merlot.
Bursting with ripe red and black cherry and berry fruit, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf. Touches of smoke, brown sugar, clove and dark fruit hint at the complexity that proper aging will bring. The palate lives up to the promise of the nose with loads of sweet cassis, black cherry and berry flavors. Well-integrated tannins are firm but silky, balancing the weight of the rich fruit perfectly for a velvety, full-bodied wine that drinks beautifully now and can be kept 10 - 12 years.
"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a beautiful nose of sweet red and black fruits as well as subtle background oak and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, stylish, and graceful with a delicate integration of wood, tannin, and alcohol, this finesse-styled red possesses both substance and length."
The Wine Advocate
"6% Petit Verdot; 5% Merlot. Ripe cherries and dark chocolate abound in its rich aromas, and, if a bit colored by the trappings of ripeness, the wine is keenly focused on fruit and never loses its varietal way. It is moderately full-bodied, slightly fleshy in feel and firmed by fairly mannerly tannins, and its happy marriage of structure and polish is, in our eyes, the defining hallmark of the Stags Leap appellation."