Sandro Fay

Sandro Fay

Sforzato Ronco del Picchio Valtellina Nebbiolo 2016

John W

Dark ruby coloration. Some translucency. On the nose, strong cherry, with some plum, smoke and spice. On the palate, rich, decadent, cherry, blackberry, plum, florals, spice, smoked wood, and a long finish. $65 at B-21. — a month ago

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

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

Shay A

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. — a month 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.

Sandro Fay

Téi Rosso di Valtellina Nebbiolo Blend 2018

Medium bodied, cranberry up front, paired with smoked lamb ribs. Would drink again. — 4 months ago

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Grape Peach 2020

Linda Vista Chardonnay grapes co-fermented with Fay Elberta peaches. Slightly sparkling. I love their Linda Vista Chard, and you can def pull out bits of that in the palate but the peaches are so nicely integrated here. Nearly bone dry, lovely acid, very mild funk, top notch. Snagged 6 of these, the rest are getting pounded on the lake in the sun this summer. — 5 months ago

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Turd Ferguson

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🤗 I have a few waiting for me at the winery

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Fifty Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

One of my absolute favorites!!!!!!! — 9 days ago

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.
— 2 months 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.
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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! 🍷

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A

Between a 92-93 here. This was tasted briefly at pop and pour and was then consumed from the decanter over the next few hours. Really pretty aromatics…baking spices, dark cocoa shavings, violets and plenty of freshly squeezed dark fruits. The palate has a “juicy” profile I get on a lot of 2012s. Vibrant acidity. Blackberries and underripe blueberries dominate the fruit profile with a unique herbal/juniper type note towards the finish. Not super complex or layered. After time, this really softened. Good now, maybe gets a bit better with another 5yrs, but not sure it increases much. — a month ago

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Was just thinking about my last bottle today. Thanks for the tip. Will hold for a few with no expectations.

Sandro Fay

Ca' Morei Valtellina Superiore Valgella Nebbiolo 2016

Wonderfully dark, but deliver the mouthfeel of nebbiolo north of piemonte: much lighter, with a bit of plum and some cherry. Even can identify apricot. An extremely interesting wine, with tannins, but very little acidity. — 3 months ago

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Good stuff. Not amazing to me. — 3 months ago

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Sandro Fay

Carteria Valgella Riserva Valtellina Superiore Nebbiolo 2016

Pretty and persistent. Held together beautifully into day 3. — 6 months ago

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