Cabernet Sauvignon

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Fay Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

RRP £181

2016 is described as a “near perfect” vintage in Napa. This is the first year winemaker Marcus Notaro added a fraction (2%) of Cabernet Franc, on the basis that it brings complexity without adding tannin. The nose is attractively open and perfumed, the palate fresh, intense, with sweet dark fruit to start with and then plump, generous damson and blueberry with some minerality. A really nice balance of tannin (ripe and soft – Notaro left the wines on the skins for longer than usual) and acidity, and good length. A generous, charming, ripe, round wine with enough acidity to carry it to a good old age.

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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