Cabernet Sauvignon

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, SLV Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

RRP £1,275 (case of 12)

The Napa Valley Vintners association has this to say about the 2017 vintage: “Mother Nature throws curve balls; winemakers catch them”. Winemaker Marcus Notaro considers 2017 the most challenging vintage of his career; he feels Stag’s Leap Vineyard (SLV) “took the heat better”. Like the Fay there’s nettle and dock on the nose (I love the fresh greenness you get from this vineyard). It’s intense; the tannins are dusty, slightly baked, hints of clay and what Notaro describes as “paracetomol or aspirin”. The palate tight and closed but the fruit is there of course – cherry and dark fruit, cassis – and the acidity is fresh if not gushing as yet.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol

14.8%

Bottle size

75cl

Drink dates

2027 - 2040

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

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