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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 47490)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $160.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine ~ This is not a wine for the faint of heart. Who said 1998 was a weak vintage? Open this wine when you have a very long evening to savor its magnificent journey along a sensual path of great beauty. The fiery and intense elements of S.L.V. are softened by the gentle roundness of FAY. Aromas of cassis, wild strawberry, raspberry and black cherry come alive. Trailing notes of wet leather, black and white pepper, vanilla and roasted almonds rest gently on a bed of dried violets. A red fruit entry transforms itself into silky plumminess. Power and finesse rest on a firm yet discreet structure of fruit and oak tannins. The sensation lingers, reverberating like the memory of a great piece of music. Serve with a richly sauced loin of venison accompanied by slow-cooked butternut squash, or wild mushrooms in a cabernet reduction over creamy polenta.

"What a great success. Oozes with black-currant jam and cassis and a dash of black pepper. Flamboyant oak adds a perfume of vanilla and smoke. Fleshy, long and full, this beautiful wine is not a monster, but it coats the palate with spicy flavors that epitomize class and style."
-Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2002

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About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."