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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Winemaker Notes

The 2008 CASK 23 combines the signature perfume notes of FAYvineyard with the structure and hints of minerality of S.L.V. The nose begins with enticing aromas of violets, dark berries, fresh grated nutmeg and mocha mint that lead to a luscious palate. Vibrant blackberry and black cherry flavors mingle with hints of cola, espresso and dark chocolate. Bright and lively, this Cabernet has great fruit density and a silky texture.

Serve CASK 23 with espresso rubbed prime rib or peppercorn-encrusted and lightly-seared Ahi tuna.

Critical Acclaim

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This stunning wine heralds the re-emergence of SLWC at the top of the Napa Valley hierarchy; elegant, powerful and dense with rich texture and spice it, it displays plum, cherry and blackberry fruit; long and lingering.
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A blend of the top estate fruit from the eastern hillside and lower alluvial soils of Fay and S.L.V. in Stag's Leap, Cask 23 is a robust Cabernet in 2008. It has the creamy richness of Stag's Leap tannins, matched by fruit that's as dark as pomegranate juice. The vintage lends a ferrous aspect to the structure, almost sanguine, allowing the wine to feel firm and open at once. It's clean and balanced for long aging, enjoyable along the way with a thick-cut steak.
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, California
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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."

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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, cult status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, and remain active new frontiers for Rhône and Spanish varieties.

Mendocino in California’s cool North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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