Cabernet Sauvignon

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Fay Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

RRP £620 (case of six)

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. There was lots of rain in winter then ferocious heat in September that sent the vines into self-induced coma. A dramatic year and quite unlike the famously good vintage of 2016. Very high purple rim on this. The nose is vegetal, like spring nettles or dock leaves; it’s young and angular, leggy, with great sweet cherry fruit and lovely integrated tannins. The fruit on the palate is dark, the acidity fresh and; the whole effect is of a generous, opulent wine fighting to get out of a straitjacket. Closed and tight at the moment.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol

14.8%

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

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