Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Cask 23 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

9.496 ratings
9.218 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

On the nose, French roast coffee, dark currants, dark cherries, Kirsch cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, cherry cola with liqueur notes, blueberry hues, vanillin, cinnamon stick, light clove, toast, rich, dark soil, limestone minerals, sweet tarry notes, soft leather, hint of mint/eucalyptus, light graphite with bright red & dark florals.

The body is round, ripe and full. The tannins are nice rounded. The length, structure, tension and balance are coming into their own. Upon first pour, lots of French roast coffee, dark currants, dark cherries, Kirsch cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, strawberries, cherry cola with liqueur notes, blueberry hues, vanillin, cinnamon stick, light clove, cocoa powder, dark spice with just a touch of lifting heat, toast, rich, dark soil, dry stems, good presence of dry herbal notes (sage), limestone minerals, sweet tarry notes, soft leather, hint of mint/eucalyptus, light graphite with bright red & dark florals. The acidity is about as good as it gets. The finish is rich, ripe, well balance, very elegant as it opens and last several minutes.

While this is delicious tonight, it’s early on this wine. Give it another 5 and will cellar another 15 years plus.

Photos of, the newer Stag’s Leap Winery with the rock wall...all the stones used in the wall collected from the vineyards prior to planting. The cellar pendulum ball that never stops its motion once started, the newer tasting room and the twilight view from their tasting room.

On the nose, French roast coffee, dark currants, dark cherries, Kirsch cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, cherry cola with liqueur notes, blueberry hues, vanillin, cinnamon stick, light clove, toast, rich, dark soil, limestone minerals, sweet tarry notes, soft leather, hint of mint/eucalyptus, light graphite with bright red & dark florals.

The body is round, ripe and full. The tannins are nice rounded. The length, structure, tension and balance are coming into their own. Upon first pour, lots of French roast coffee, dark currants, dark cherries, Kirsch cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, strawberries, cherry cola with liqueur notes, blueberry hues, vanillin, cinnamon stick, light clove, cocoa powder, dark spice with just a touch of lifting heat, toast, rich, dark soil, dry stems, good presence of dry herbal notes (sage), limestone minerals, sweet tarry notes, soft leather, hint of mint/eucalyptus, light graphite with bright red & dark florals. The acidity is about as good as it gets. The finish is rich, ripe, well balance, very elegant as it opens and last several minutes.

While this is delicious tonight, it’s early on this wine. Give it another 5 and will cellar another 15 years plus.

Photos of, the newer Stag’s Leap Winery with the rock wall...all the stones used in the wall collected from the vineyards prior to planting. The cellar pendulum ball that never stops its motion once started, the newer tasting room and the twilight view from their tasting room.

Jul 15th, 2018
R. Addison Wehrfritz

Aggressively sour. Disappointment at the moment.

Aggressively sour. Disappointment at the moment.

1 person found it helpfulMay 15th, 2015
Andrew Schweiger

Winemaker Schweiger Vineyards/Parry Cellars

9.2

Layered oak and fruit. Lush mouthfeel, ripe tannins. Enjoyable today, amazing in 10 years I wager.

Layered oak and fruit. Lush mouthfeel, ripe tannins. Enjoyable today, amazing in 10 years I wager.

1 person found it helpfulApr 29th, 2015
Jeff Mastin

For 2010 is overall acidity and tannins is well integrated texture is smooth and nose and taste reveal black cherry cinnamon and cloves

For 2010 is overall acidity and tannins is well integrated texture is smooth and nose and taste reveal black cherry cinnamon and cloves

Jan 22nd, 2015
Riccardo L.

One of my absolute favourite Napa Cabs. Big, powerful, layered and textured. Reminiscent of the best super Tuscans.

One of my absolute favourite Napa Cabs. Big, powerful, layered and textured. Reminiscent of the best super Tuscans.

Aug 16th, 2014
Mitchell Fukumoto

A delicious wine. Dark fruity flavors with a deep body and smooth taste.

A delicious wine. Dark fruity flavors with a deep body and smooth taste.

Jan 4th, 2016
Mark Allan

Smells stronger than 14.5% little disappointing - interns of - I expected more from this, but still a "good" wine but not "great"

Smells stronger than 14.5% little disappointing - interns of - I expected more from this, but still a "good" wine but not "great"

Dec 25th, 2015
Fabio Sisinni

layered and quite balanced with a smooth texture for a 2010. Enjoyable

layered and quite balanced with a smooth texture for a 2010. Enjoyable

Aug 5th, 2015
Diabolus In Vino

A very lovely vintage drinking very well right now. Classic cask. 😍

A very lovely vintage drinking very well right now. Classic cask. 😍

Jul 14th, 2015
Nicholas Saavedra

Savored every sip...

Savored every sip...

Jun 30th, 2015