Wine ~ The 1997 S.L.V. is like a poem. Its aromas and flavors are subtle and complex. It shows its classic Bordeaux-like elements in graceful abundance. Nuances of white pepper and intriguing brambly qualities perfume the essence of black plum. fruit is luscious on the palate with an elegant backbone of spicy Trench oak. flavoring. The wine evolves through layers of tea leaf and cassis flavors that are accompanied by restrained tannins, echoing in a silky finish. Try this wine with beef tenderloin dressed in a brandy reduction or a wild mushroom risotto.
Vineyard ~ S.L.V., first planted by the Winiarski family as Stag's Leap Vineyards in 1970, now yields even greater depth of fruit than that found in the 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine that won the famous 1976 Paris Tasting. Since 1986, we have been applying new viticultural principles to further enhance fruit expression and to promote uniform berry ripeness. Meticulous canopy management gives greater expression to the rich structure and flavor typical of more mature vines. As we replant, the newest viticultural techniques allow us to better match rootstocks, vine spacing and clones to different soils in the vineyard. Human involvement in our estate vineyards has never been higher, for we are farming not only vine-by-vine during the growing season, but as harvest approaches, grape clusters are thinned to ensure unvaried fruit maturation. The overall vineyard conditions are ideal. The soil is volcanic and alluvial with good drainage. Located in the heart of the Stags Leap District, after- noons are warm with cool evening breezes.