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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
(search item no. 54223)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $137.99

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
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Only in meritorious vintages do we choose the most distinctive grapes from S.L.V. and Fay, our two estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District, and use them to create Cask 23, a proprietary red wine blend expressing exceptional elegance. Although S.L.V. and Fay adjoin each other, the two vineyards experience different growing conditions and produce Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with different flavor characteristics. The volcanic soils of S.L.V., of Paris Tasting fame, yield complex, multi-layered Bordeaux-like fruit elements, while the alluvial soils of Fay produce lush perfumes and berry flavors. Combining the "fire" of S.L.V. and the "water" of Fay can yield a wine of dynamic complexity.

Aromas of roses and violets rise up in the glass, followed by cassis, plums, and blackberries, opening into clove, cinnamon and even a hint of tobacco. The palate is filled with sensations of black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, and candied orange peel in dark, dark chocolate. Tannins and acidity are there, but only as supporting structure that remains very much in the background. Serve with a well-aged steak topped with BĂ©arnaise or a rich cheese-and-mushroom tart in flaky pastry.

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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."