Stag's Leap Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Stag's Leap Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

 

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Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
  • Vintage : 2017
  • Country : USA
  • Region : California
  • Subregion Napa
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Experts Score Vintage
W&S Wines & Spirits 95 2017
JS James Suckling 95 2017
RP Robert Parker 95 2017
DCT Decanter 94 2017
WE Wine Enthusiast 95 2016
WS Wine Spectator 95 2016
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 96 2014
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Tasting Note: Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from two top vineyards make for a wine spilling over with dark berries and strawberries and fragrant with cedar, cocoa and spice, with a trace of white truffle on the finish.

Food Matching: Serve Cask 23 with fillet steak and blue cheese, grilled venison with a red wine reduction, or black pepper-crusted Ahi tuna steaks.

Vinification: Fruit was handpicked in the early hours of the morning before undergoing fermentation in 100% stainless steel tanks. Each parcel of grapes was vinified and aged separately in small French oak barrels for a period of 21 months. This allowed the characteristics of each block to develop and to take on notes of subtle spice. Blending occurred at the later stages of ageing, with the final blend comprising 56.8% ‘Fay’ fruit and 43.2% S.L.V.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 95 Points (2017)
On the spring day our panel tasted this wine, sitting outdoors, the breeze picked up as we approached this glass, and it seemed to cool down its intense concentration. As it turned out, that cool concentration stayed with the wine for days after opening, a structural component giving this the clarity and lively power of an epic Cask 23 vintage. Marcus Notaro finalized the blend at 52 percent from S.L.V. and 48 percent from Fay and aged it almost two years in new French oak barrels. The tannins are rich, the aroma smoky, but the bright liveliness of the fruit—the persimmon, the cherry and the fresh cigar tobacco—are the elements that shine through. Youthful and unevolved, this wine is an investment in the future, with patient cellaring required.

James Suckling (JS) : 95 Points (2017)
This has a fresh, fruity nose of blackberries, small black cherries, mahogany, anise and crushed hazelnuts. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a creamy, silky texture. Seamlessly smooth, ripe tannins accompany velvety layers of ripe blue and black fruit. Wonderful now or in years to come. Better in 2023.

Robert Parker (RP) : 95 Points (2017)
A barrel sample, the 2017 Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon is very deep purple-black colored with pronounced notes of crème de cassis, mocha, plum preserves and unsmoked cigars with touches of dried herbs, fragrant soil and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a great intensity of ripe black fruit and grainy tannins with just enough freshness and a long, slightly chewy finish. Barrel Sample: (93 - 95)+

Decanter (DCT) : 94 Points (2017)
Prior to the 1990 vintage, Cask 23 was a selection of the finest blocks of the SLV Vineyard. Then, with the acquisition of the neighbouring Fay Vineyard, this bottling transitioned into a blend of the finest parcels of both. This 2017 vintage (with 21 months in oak, as with both the single-vineyard bottlings) combines close to equal parts of the two sites, showing the brightness and energy of Fay with the brooding power of SLV. Aromas of coffee, clay and cedar precede a ripe but balanced palate and a long, driving finish. Drinking Window 2020 - 2045

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 95 Points (2016)
This gorgeous wine combines the best of two historic vineyards—Fay and S.L.V.—into one cohesive, refined whole. A soft entry of woody spice and toasted oak leads the way to an expansive midpalate of currant, crushed rock, dried herb and elegant tannins begging for further time in the bottle. Enjoy 2026–2036.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 95 Points (2016)
Well-detailed, with a deep, solidly built core of currant, blackberry, bramble and apple wood notes, showing good energy through the richly layered finish. Youthful, but slowly takes on a more seductive feel as this airs in the glass. Best from 2022 through 2035.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 96 Points (2014)
The top of the line 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 is a blend of fruit from both the Fay and S.L.V. vineyards. The silky tannins and perfume of Fay seem to be especially prominent in the 2014 at this stage. This is an especially polished Cask 23, with polished tannins, notable density and fabulous overall balance. Range: 93-96

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Stag's Leap Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Reviewed by Wine Spectator 27-02-2021 . Score: 4