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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

S.L.V. Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A
9.3

This was tasted briefly at pop and pour and was then consumed from the decanter over the next few hours. Whereas the FAY was quite open, plush and had a sweeter fruited profile, this was a bit more brooding and layered. The fruit here is more red and black, with graphite, dark chocolate and mocha aromatics. Really nice depth on the mid palate with quite a strong tannic finish. Black cherries to the core with a streak of savory herbs and red clay down the middle…nice representation of Stag’s Leap district. I can see this improving with another 5-7yrs. — 9 days ago

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David T

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If this was opened in 7-10 more years your mind would be bent.

Back Door Cellars

Private Reserve Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Stunning. Rich cassis, opulent, such a wonderfully crafted Cabernet. — 14 days ago

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Ganymede Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This was fantastic. Definitely the peak of the night. It was luscious, well rounded and accessible. It was decanted and opened up beautifully - with strong black fruit, black cherry, black berry flavors, right alongside some enticing charred meat flavors. The color was quite exquisite too. — 14 days ago

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Hillside Select Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Lovely bouquet soft tannins exquisite fruit but still a baby. Only getting better nxt Btl in 6 to 9 months. — a day ago

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One Point Five Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Small winery, managed by Doug Shafer. Blend of 90% Cab Sauv, 7% Merlot & 3% Malbec, aged, 20 months, 100% new French oak. Beautiful fruit & floral aromas, hints of savory spice. On the palate cherry & raspberry flavors with oak structure adding pepper, licorice & cacao. Firm tannins, approachable now, long ending with fruit & mineral edge. Had this about 2+ years ago, nice now but more cellaring will only benefit this beauty, if you can resist the temptation. Very Nice! — 21 days ago

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Wulf Losee

Wulf Losee

I don’t think I ever stopped in there. Now that things are opening up again, I think I will. Thanks!

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SOLO Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Absolutely delicious! Terrific wine, very smooth. I definitely recommend it! — 4 hours ago

Hartwell Vineyards

Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 1993

Rockstar local market find for a mere $21!! Fruit is still fresh and supple and the tannins well distributed. Incredibly enjoyable through and through! — 2 days ago

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Tom Garland

Tom Garland

Nice! Cheers.

Robinson Family Vineyards

2 + 3 Proprietary Stags Leap District Red Blend 2017

This is a delicious wine. Dark, chewy earthy. Lots of dark fruit flavors. Simply the good stuff! — 10 days ago

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Golden Rectangle Napa Valley Red Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot

Prior notes still apply, but this bottle was much more on point than the last 14mo ago. I'd suggest this still has at least 8-10y to go from proper storage!

Nose has old cedar closet, dusty cherry, ripe plum, blackberry, burnt blackberry pie, over-ripe black cherry, volcanic rocks and over-ripe blueberry.

Palate has ripe blackberry, warmed plum, dark chocolate bar, prune, dried blackberry, semi-dried cranberry, cigar box and tanned leather. Tannins are light, but still proof of youthfulness!

Paired alongside medium rare Delmonico cut steaks from our favorite local farm, Kinderhook Farm (Valatie NY). Perfection.

6h decant, more time appreciated. Last bottle. 😢

Added to cellar inventory around April 2006; We obtained this as members of the Wine Club.

Release notes from SLWC courtesy of
@Yen Boubel (She's the greatest!)

CREATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR CLUB 23 members, the Golden Rectangle is a harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from the FAY vineyard. The name "Golden Rectangle" refers to our winemaking philosophy inspired by the Golden Mean, the principle that contrary elements, balanced in the right proportion, create tense harmony.

In this select bottling, the opposing elements include two different varietals from two different vintages. The wine is a blend of 61.8% FAY Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, and 38.2% FAY Petit Verdot fruit in the proportion of the Golden Mean. Petit Verdot is a Bordeaux blending varietal typically used in very small amounts because of its power and structure. This blend of Petit Verdot might seem unusually high; however, because of the ideal proportion of these different elements, the Petit Verdot adds structure, aromatics, and texture, rather than overpowering the Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition, the blend combines the old and the new-with fruit in roughly equal proportion from the 2002 and 2003 vintages. In this combination, the mellow tones of the older vintage soften the robust character of the younger vintage. The result is an opulent blend, rich with fruit, spices, and exotic perfume.
— 15 days ago

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David T

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Love older vintages from these guys. Have for a long time. Love their expresso notes.
Severn Goodwin

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Yes, based on this, I can't wait to get into our Cask 23 bottles around this vintage, and older.
Yen Boubel

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Amazing tasting notes as always, Severn. Great to know it’s holding up well! 🍷