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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Stags' Leap Winery Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Stags' Leap Winery Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
(search item no. 55036)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $53.49

Winemaker's Notes:

This Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was aged for approximately 24 months in small French oak barrels, approximately 50% new. Brittan chose barrels from four coopers to add complexity and layers of flavor to the wine. "Oak brings structure and concentration," says Brittan, and a softening of tannins. This wine is big on fruit, rich and long in the mouth. It carries aromas of strawberries and raspberries, with notes of sun-dried tomatoes, plums and brambles. "To me, the wine is powerful in its subtlety…an excellent expression of the terroir typical of the Stags' Leap Winery estate."
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About Stags' Leap Winery:

A fashionable country resort in the mid-twentieth century, popular with Hollywood due to its 1892 stone Manor House and historic gardens, legends of bootleggers and gangsters, ghosts and gypsies, Stags' Leap has been home to three major family groups up through the modern revitalization of the winery that began in the 1970s.

Stags Leap Manor, as it was called in the 1920s, was known as one of the prominent country retreats in the Napa Valley at a time when resort and spa business was big. In addition to lodging and dining, amenities included lawn tennis, swimming, horseback riding, children's activities, golf, music, cards, a library, and Napa Valley wines and liquors (prior to and after Prohibition).

An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings and gardens, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity.