Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

9.31 ratings
9.31 pro ratings
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
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