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Date Printed: 10/1/2016
Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 40493)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2016: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

1998 was a different kind of vintage at Stags' Leap Winery. The weather was cooler than normal through the spring and into the summer months. The Cabernet Sauvignon that resulted had a linear structure supporting spicy, big, red-fruit characteristics. Winemaker Robert Brittan fermented the grapes in small lots, many with open tops. Hand-punching of the caps during extended maceration produced good color and tannin extraction.

After fermentation, Brittan aged the wine in medium-toast French Alliers oak barrels for 23 months. Clove, anise and red cherry aromas are drawn into concentrated, spicy, red berry, red cherry, cassis and red plum flavors with complementary flavors of liquorice and cinnamon-clove.

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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.