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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Napa Valley, USA
The story of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Warren Winiarski is now legendary. In the early 1960s, the Napa Valley was being reborn as a fine wine region and Warren Winiarski set his sights on finding land that was capable of producing wines of classic elegance, structure, and age-ability. He found it in 1969, when he tasted Nathan Fay’s homemade Cabernet and as luck would have it, an adjoining ranch was for sale. That land, now known as S.L.V., was the source of the winning wine at the historic 1976 tasting known as the “Judgment of Paris”. In a blind tasting among French wine experts, the 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon bested first-growths and other renowned wines of Bordeaux. The stunning victory launched Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars into the ranks of the world’s most noteworthy Cabernet producers, and now, more than 30 years later, the estate wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars continue to garner international acclaim.

Karia Chardonnay 2009 (RV)

This crisp and fresh Chardonnay opens with aromas of orange blossom, lemon oil and toasted brioche with sweet cream apple butter. Medium on the richness scale, charming balance of ripe fruit, understated barrel spice, mouth-filling texture and refreshing acidity. The palate is loaded with flavors of ripe stone fruit and apple blossom that lead to a persistent citrus and spice infused finish.
90 points: Robert Parker
92 points: Wine Spectator (2008 vintage)

Napa Valley Merlot 2007 (RV)

Intense and complex fruit aromas of cherry, red plum and pomegranate, with notes of cigar box, cardamom and toasted oak lead to an equally complex palate. The flavors mirror the aromas, with additional notes of chocolate, vanilla and dark spice. Supple tannins with good grip suggest good pairing with hearty dishes such as rack of lamb, duck or ragout.
87 points: Wine Spectator

Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (RV)

Inviting aromas of black cherry cola, red cherry, vanilla bean and cocoa powder, a touch of clove and sage. These notes carry over onto the palate and combine with flavors of milk chocolate, toasty oak and hint of wintergreen. Smooth texture with great depth and fine-grained tannins. The vibrant fruit, great structure and balanced acidity make this wine pair extremely well with hardy dishes such as braised short ribs or filet mignon.
95 points & Editor’s Choice: Wine Enthusiast (2008 vintage)
89 points: Robert Parker (2008 vintage)
2 Top Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine & Spirits Annual Restaurant Poll 2010 (2007 vintage)

Fay Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (RV) (Limited Qty)

The 2008 FAY offers sweet floral aromas along with the signature bright cherry note of the vineyard. Red plum and black cherry flavors combine with hints of vanilla, forest floor, and spice on the palate. The wine has great fruit concentration and fi ne grained tannins that lead to a long, plum-spiced finish. Enjoy with couscous with dried cherries, mushrooms and scallions or pair with roasted duck with a cherry demi-glace.
92 points: Robert Parker
88 points: Wine Enthusiast
92 points: Wine & Spirits (2007 vintage)

S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (RV)

The 2007 S.L.V. has dark fruit tones (blackberry, black plum), as well as notes of cassis, bramble, Chinese five-spice, caramel and vanilla. There is an elegant mineral quality on the nose and lingering finish. The tannins can be described as being like raw silk: slightly nubby, yet still smooth. Serve with filet mignon or an earthy wild-mushroom risotto.
92 points: Wine & Spirits
91 points: Robert Parker
88 points: Wine Enthusiast

CASK 23 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (RV)

A complex series of aromas unfold in the glass, from warm berries and concentrated cassis, to chocolate fudge, violets, and barrel spices. The deep, dark fruit and chocolate flavors are surrounded by a velvety texture and fine tannins that linger on the palate. Serve with braised beef cheeks or crown roast of lamb.
91 points: Wine Enthusiast
92 points: Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine 2010