Cabernet Sauvignon

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

RRP £322

A difficult year with rain at bloom and heatwave at harvest – a real “winemaker’s vintage” as they call it: Marcus Notaro couldn’t have  the hangtime he wanted that because of the early harvest heatwave so he babysat the wine in the winery, giving it less time on skins, for example, to avoid green tannins. Then there was “a bit of battonage early on to bring out the character”. Five years on and the wine is tight and closed and gives little away: it’s indigo-dark, with hints of cassis and black fruits, herb-scented. The palate is dense and concentrated with black fruit, really robust tannins and a length that persists for minutes. Difficult to predict how it will age but those tannins will calm and the good acidity should keep the whole package fresh and sweet.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol

14.5%

Bottle size

75cl

Drink dates

2025 - 2035

Origin

Country

USA

Region

California

Sub-region

Napa Valley AVA

Area

Stags Leap District AVA

Tasting Information

Blind

No

Tasted by

Adam Lechmere, Guy Woodward

UK Stockist

Hedonism Wines

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