Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars will forever be famous in wine circles as a result of the 1976 Paris tasting, when the Cask 23 outgunned the best from Bordeaux to the astonishment of the French judges on that day. The wine world has come a long way in the last 40-odd years and while Cask 23 remains an impressive example of hillside Napa Cabernet there is equal quality, if not the restrained character of this great red, from neighbouring properties. The lower-level Fay and SLV bottlings are also very good although inevitably recently, prices have been creeping up. Softer and more immediately accessible examples include the recently released Artemis, which uses a fair proportion of Fay vineyard fruit in its blend. The whites include some good Sauvignon Blanc, while Chardonnay from the Arcadia vineyard is mainly barrel-fermented with rich fruit and good concentration. The top Cabernets will age very well. Reasonably priced red and white varietals are also released under the Hawk Crest brand, the best being the Vineyard Selections Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. (DM)
To find out more about Stag’s Leap and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Napa and Carneros..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines.