Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.216 ratings
9.24 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
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Sure is a classic example of dichotomy of Bordeaux and Napa wines. Especially, with a slightly aged Napa Cabernet vs. a thirty-two year old Bordeaux.

This 11 is big, bold, dark and super rich!

The nose reveals, black cherry kirsch, sour cherries, very ripe blackberries, light blueberries, stewed black plum & black raspberries. A little bit of gym locker, some smokiness, savory notes, melted black licorice, vanilla, clove, caramel, cinnamon stick, dark chocolate, mocha, hints of allspice, crushed dry rocks, Provence herbs, dark spice, steeped fruit tea, deep, sweet tarriness, rich dark soil, limestone minerals, warm toast with withering dark flowers, violets painted with notes of lavender.

The body is medium-full, lush and rich. The tannins are round, softening and sticky tarry. The structure, tension are big. The length and balance are just rounded into something a little special. Black cherry kirsch, sour cherries, huckleberries, very ripe blackberries, light blueberries, stewed black plum & black raspberries. A little bit of gym locker, some smokiness, savory notes, melted black licorice, vanilla, clove, caramel, cinnamon stick, dark chocolate, mocha, hints of allspice, used dark roast coffee grounds, crushed dry rocks, Provence herbs, dark spice, steeped fruit tea, deep, sweet tarriness, rich dark soil, limestone minerals, warm toast with withering dark flowers, violets painted with notes of lavender. The acidity is nicely round. The long finish is rich, lush, well balanced fruit & earth, elegant and lasts minutes.

One of the better 2011 Napa Cabernet’s I’ve had thus far! Just missed 9.4. Happy 2019!!! 🎉🎊🎈

Photos of, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars tasting room & estate vines, inside look at their tasting area and their Fay Vineyard.

Sure is a classic example of dichotomy of Bordeaux and Napa wines. Especially, with a slightly aged Napa Cabernet vs. a thirty-two year old Bordeaux.

This 11 is big, bold, dark and super rich!

The nose reveals, black cherry kirsch, sour cherries, very ripe blackberries, light blueberries, stewed black plum & black raspberries. A little bit of gym locker, some smokiness, savory notes, melted black licorice, vanilla, clove, caramel, cinnamon stick, dark chocolate, mocha, hints of allspice, crushed dry rocks, Provence herbs, dark spice, steeped fruit tea, deep, sweet tarriness, rich dark soil, limestone minerals, warm toast with withering dark flowers, violets painted with notes of lavender.

The body is medium-full, lush and rich. The tannins are round, softening and sticky tarry. The structure, tension are big. The length and balance are just rounded into something a little special. Black cherry kirsch, sour cherries, huckleberries, very ripe blackberries, light blueberries, stewed black plum & black raspberries. A little bit of gym locker, some smokiness, savory notes, melted black licorice, vanilla, clove, caramel, cinnamon stick, dark chocolate, mocha, hints of allspice, used dark roast coffee grounds, crushed dry rocks, Provence herbs, dark spice, steeped fruit tea, deep, sweet tarriness, rich dark soil, limestone minerals, warm toast with withering dark flowers, violets painted with notes of lavender. The acidity is nicely round. The long finish is rich, lush, well balanced fruit & earth, elegant and lasts minutes.

One of the better 2011 Napa Cabernet’s I’ve had thus far! Just missed 9.4. Happy 2019!!! 🎉🎊🎈

Photos of, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars tasting room & estate vines, inside look at their tasting area and their Fay Vineyard.

Jan 1st, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

A little late on this one. Still nice but it lost some of the fruit. Still elegant with nice coffee notes.

A little late on this one. Still nice but it lost some of the fruit. Still elegant with nice coffee notes.

1 person found it helpfulDec 12th, 2016
Andrew Belzer

slight bell pepper on the nose with coffee chocolate clove tobacco supple yet lasting tannins

slight bell pepper on the nose with coffee chocolate clove tobacco supple yet lasting tannins

May 23rd, 2018
Michael Meyer

Incredible elegance married to youthful power. This was Marcus Nataro’s first effort at SLV...I think he’s figured out the Napa thing pretty well.

Incredible elegance married to youthful power. This was Marcus Nataro’s first effort at SLV...I think he’s figured out the Napa thing pretty well.

Nov 15th, 2017
Shuji Yanada

果実味豊かだが、まだタンニンも粗く、デキャンタージュして、時間がたつにつれて落ち着く。飲み頃はまだ先。

果実味豊かだが、まだタンニンも粗く、デキャンタージュして、時間がたつにつれて落ち着く。飲み頃はまだ先。

Sep 9th, 2017
Noah Raizman

Maybe 98 really was a shitty year.

Maybe 98 really was a shitty year.

May 21st, 2017
David From The 504

Enjoying wonderful time at the beach with my fantastic wife who puts up with all my shenanigans and wine purchases. Back to the wine another great 2005 napa cab from Stags! Getting ready for the Miami wineapalluza!

Enjoying wonderful time at the beach with my fantastic wife who puts up with all my shenanigans and wine purchases. Back to the wine another great 2005 napa cab from Stags! Getting ready for the Miami wineapalluza!

Apr 14th, 2017
Andrew Lam

Always a favorite right out of the bottle.

Always a favorite right out of the bottle.

Mar 13th, 2017
Adam Hoogeveen

Delicious dark fruit with notes of tobacco and spice. Finished with a beautiful spicy smoothness. So good.

Delicious dark fruit with notes of tobacco and spice. Finished with a beautiful spicy smoothness. So good.

Dec 25th, 2016
Charles Hudson

First glass out of the new Coravin.

First glass out of the new Coravin.

Oct 14th, 2016