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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is a private Napa Valley estate that has been owned by my family since we established the winery in 1972 in what is now known as the Stags Leap District. We are best known for our three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons, CASK 23, S.L.V. and FAY, which are among the most highly regarded Cabernets in the world. We use the "Golden Rectangle" approach to winemaking, balancing opposing elements to create wines that are both dynamic and harmonious, and embody the classical ideals that define the world's greatest wines.
Napa, CA
Phone: (707)265-2441
Website: http://www.cask23.com
Appellation: Napa Valley
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more about CASK 23 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon
CAW Rating: 94
1 reviews

2004 CASK 23 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

CASK 23, made only in exceptional vintages, is usually a blend of the most distinctive fruit from our S.L.V. and FAY estate vineyards. The story of CASK 23 began during the harvest ... more of 1974. Back then, winery founder Warren Winiarski enlisted the help of celebrated winemaker André Tchelistcheff. As they tasted through various lots of new wines from that year, they noticed a distinct character in a lot from the center of Block 4, a character they described as “crushed violets”. It was so appealing that they decided to age this wine separately in a wooden cask, number 23. The wine was still so deliciously distinct after further aging in barrel, Warren decided to bottle it separately and give it a special name—CASK 23.

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Cabernet Sauvignon
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2004 S.L.V. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Planted by the Warren Winiarski family in 1970, S.L.V. achieved international fame when three year old vines from the 1973 harvest produced a wine that shocked the wine world by tr ... moreiumphing over some of France’s greatest wines in a 1976 blind tasting known as the “Judgment of Paris“. Today, this history-making vineyard continues to yield wines of multi—layered complexity, structure, and spicy intensity.

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2004 FAY Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The FAY vineyard is the land where the story of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars began back in 1969 when Warren Winiarski tasted Nathan Fay’s 1968 homemade Cabernet. Warren knew, instantly ... more, that he had found what he was searching for—classic elements of fruit and structure, suppleness and balance. It was a style that Warren refers to as “an iron fist in a velvet glove.” As luck would have it, an adjoining prune orchard was for sale. The Winiarski’s purchased the land and planted a vineyard—now known as S.L.V.—and soon after, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars was born.

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2005 ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Napa Valley collection of wines is crafted with the same approach to winemaking as our limited-production estate wines, resulting in wines of supple power and elegance. In fact ... more, fruit from our estate vineyards provides the stylistic inspiration for this wine. ARTEMIS, named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, represents our targeted approach of establishing this wine’s origin, style, and character as a gateway to our renowned estate wines.

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2005 Merlot
Napa Valley

Vibrant red fruit aromas of cranberry, raspberry, and strawberry rise from the glass and mingle with spicy notes of cardamom, anise, and vanilla. Similar flavors weave across the p ... morealate along with bright red plum and nutmeg. Soft, subtle tannins create a silky entry and medium weight to this well balanced wine. Enjoy the 2005 Merlot with a pork tenderloin in pomegranate sauce or, for more casual fare, try it with a prosciutto and brie panini.

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2005 Arcadia Vineyard Estate Chardonnay
Napa Valley

The 2005 ARCADIA VINEYARD Chardonnay opens with a gorgeous bouquet of orange blossoms, lemon grass, and wildflower honey. This inviting perfume is enriched with flavors of spiced a ... morepples and pears laced around a flinty core. The wine has a bright, juicy entry with expanding roundness on the mid-palate, finishing with a dancing lightness and lingering sensations of citrus and vanilla spice. It’s an excellent companion to herb-crusted salmon on a bed of mesclun, chicken saltimbocca with lemon sauce, or as an aperitif with Epoisse, the traditional Burgundian cow’s milk cheese.

more about Karia Chardonnay
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2006 Karia Chardonnay

Inviting aromas of white peach, apple, spiced pear, and citrus join with floral notes of honeysuckle and roses to create a beautiful bouquet. The fruity aromas carry over to the pa ... morelate and marry with a subtle creaminess and a touch of warm brioche. This delicate richness makes the 2006 KARIA Chardonnay a versatile wine at the dinner table. Try it with chicken piccata, corn risotto, or a warm goat cheese salad.

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2006 Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

Bright and lively on entry, smooth and fruity on the mid-palate, and refreshing on the finish. This wine awakens the senses with aromas and flavors of ruby red grapefruit, mandarin ... more orange, guava, and Comice pear. Enjoy this wine with fish ceviche or a Thai-style chicken and shrimp noodle salad. Better yet, enjoy a glass poolside or sitting on the patio with friends watching the sun go down.

more about Rancho Chimiles Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc
CAW Rating: 93
1 reviews

2006 Rancho Chimiles Sauvignon Blanc
Rancho Chimiles

Fresh aromas of grapefruit, lime and lemongrass with hints of guava follow through on the palate in this refreshing and light bodied Sauvignon Blanc. There is a fruity sweetness to ... more the wine (although it is technically dry) as the citrus-spiked flavors interplay with ripe honey dew melon and notes of wild honeysuckle. Try this wine with grilled yellowfin tuna steaks and a citrus-cilantro salsa, or angel hair pasta tossed with shrimp and fresh asparagus.


Updated on January 6, 2008

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars at http://www.cask23.com or calling (707)265-2441 to verify the winery's location.

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