Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon

9.410 ratings
9.64 pro ratings
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa, 98% Cab Sauv, w/ splash of Cab Franc. Deep Ruby with big aromas of dark fruit, oak and cigar box spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry, plum and cherry with notes of cedar, tobacco and espresso. Fine firm grainy tannins, well balanced with lively acidity, long finish ending with fruit, oak and smoky spice, elegant! Nice!

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa, 98% Cab Sauv, w/ splash of Cab Franc. Deep Ruby with big aromas of dark fruit, oak and cigar box spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry, plum and cherry with notes of cedar, tobacco and espresso. Fine firm grainy tannins, well balanced with lively acidity, long finish ending with fruit, oak and smoky spice, elegant! Nice!

Nov 25th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

On the nose, warm, ripe, baked fruits of; blackberries, black plum, spiced plum, dark cherries, boysenberries and haunting blue fruits. Menthol, hints of eucalyptus, black cherry licorice, raspberry cola, warm rich black earth, loamy volcanic soils with bright fresh dark florals and violets. The fruits are ripe and have a slight candied liqueur quality. Tannins are round, soft and nearly completely resolved. Blackberries, boysenberries, black plum, spiced plum, black raspberries, dark cherries, blue fruits, strawberry preserves, concentrated pomegranate, silty loamy volcanic soils, crushed dry rock powered, the menthol is a bit more pronounced than on the nose, eucalyptus that plays hide & go seek on the palate, mint, soft and delicate spices that increase in heat, suede leather, dry underbrush, fresh red florals & violets, red vines licorice, black cherry cola, dark rich moist earth, palate dripping acidity with a ripe fruit, fresh red florals and a round bodied long, elegant finish. Photos of the Fay Vineyard, new(er) tasting bar, exterior building and their Winemaker Marcus Notaro in the cellar. Since his arrival, he has definitely increased the quality of their wines...from his techniques, to barrel selection and barrel toast.

On the nose, warm, ripe, baked fruits of; blackberries, black plum, spiced plum, dark cherries, boysenberries and haunting blue fruits. Menthol, hints of eucalyptus, black cherry licorice, raspberry cola, warm rich black earth, loamy volcanic soils with bright fresh dark florals and violets. The fruits are ripe and have a slight candied liqueur quality. Tannins are round, soft and nearly completely resolved. Blackberries, boysenberries, black plum, spiced plum, black raspberries, dark cherries, blue fruits, strawberry preserves, concentrated pomegranate, silty loamy volcanic soils, crushed dry rock powered, the menthol is a bit more pronounced than on the nose, eucalyptus that plays hide & go seek on the palate, mint, soft and delicate spices that increase in heat, suede leather, dry underbrush, fresh red florals & violets, red vines licorice, black cherry cola, dark rich moist earth, palate dripping acidity with a ripe fruit, fresh red florals and a round bodied long, elegant finish. Photos of the Fay Vineyard, new(er) tasting bar, exterior building and their Winemaker Marcus Notaro in the cellar. Since his arrival, he has definitely increased the quality of their wines...from his techniques, to barrel selection and barrel toast.

May 14th, 2017
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.3

Getting harder to tell FAY from SLV. Ripe black cherry, bell pepper, chocolate, blackberry, and a full measure of cinnamon, cloves and cedar. Delicious!

Getting harder to tell FAY from SLV. Ripe black cherry, bell pepper, chocolate, blackberry, and a full measure of cinnamon, cloves and cedar. Delicious!

Nov 7th, 2016
Jerry Hindes CS, CSW

Had this February 26th 2015. Off the chart! Was throwing a lot of dirt. Thanks Tommy!

Had this February 26th 2015. Off the chart! Was throwing a lot of dirt. Thanks Tommy!

Mar 2nd, 2015
Josh Weinstein

Needed 45 to really come alive. Awesome!

Needed 45 to really come alive. Awesome!

Oct 20th, 2018
Teresa S

2005 vintage in restaurant for decent price?! Excellent fruit, still some tannins left, pencil, yum.

2005 vintage in restaurant for decent price?! Excellent fruit, still some tannins left, pencil, yum.

Feb 11th, 2015
Marc Hefner

Marc had this 6 years ago

Marc had this 6 years ago

Dec 31st, 2016
Chase Roberts

Chase had this 8 years ago

Chase had this 8 years ago

May 30th, 2015
Akiyoshi Hibi

Akiyoshi had this 9 years ago

Akiyoshi had this 9 years ago

Oct 6th, 2013