Cabernet Sauvignon

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, SLV Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

RRP Av £162

Always fascinating to taste this most opulent of vintages. Some of the richest, most extracted wines of that year are falling apart now. Not this one though. It’s perfumed and very powerful from the first sniff, with ripe and intense dark fruit and cocoa powder and a certain meaty, savoury character. The palate dense and concentrated, the high alcohol not intrusive, the violet perfume carried through on a fine acidic wave. A big, powerful wine, built like a weightlifter; it needs a juicy steak to do it justice. Not representative of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, or the appellation, but it’s damn good.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol

14.5%

Bottle size

75cl

Drink dates

2020 - 2030

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

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