The 2010 CASK 23 combines the signature perfume notes of FAY
vineyard with the structure and minerality of S.L.V. The wine opens
with deep red and black cherry aromas along with notes of juicy
strawberry, cocoa and spice. The wine has an elegant texture with very fine tannins and great acidity. On the palate the wine is full bodied with rich dark berry fruit with hints of cedar and white truffle that lead to a long fruit and spice driven finish.
Serve CASK 23 with filet mignon with blue cheese crumbles, grilled venison with a red wine reduction or black pepper-crusted Ahi tuna steaks.
"In a vintage such as 2010 where individual terroirs are so clearly marked, the Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cask 23 – a blend of the SLV and Fay – is at a distinct disadvantage because it naturally lacks the character and personality of those two wines. I must also note that the SLV and Fay have improved dramatically on their own terms, so the rationale of blending them is further diminished. To be sure the Cask 23 is an excellent representation of the vintage. There is plenty of 2010 fruit, structure and tannin, along with attractive hints of smoke, tar and incense, but at the end of the day, I find the Cask 23 less satisfying than Stags’ Leap Wine Cellars’ very best wines. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni