Stag's Leap SLV Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Stag's Leap SLV Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

 

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Stag's Leap
SLV 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
RP Robert Parker 95 2017
JS James Suckling 94 2017
W&S Wines & Spirits 93 2017
DCT Decanter 93 2017
WS Wine Spectator 92 2017
WE Wine Enthusiast 94 2016
JD Jeb Dunnuck 95 2014
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 97 2013
More information on wine critics and ratings

Robert Parker (RP) : 95 Points (2017)
A barrel sample, the very deep purple-black colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. leaps from glass with baked black plums, blackberry pie and black currant cordial notes plus hints of wild sage, charcuterie, tapenade and tree bark. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, the rock solid foundation well frames the broody black fruit and it finishes earthy. Barrel Sample: 93-95

James Suckling (JS) : 94 Points (2017)
This leads with blackcurrants, stewed blackberries, eucalyptus and cloves. Some dried violets, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins. Very well integrated. Lovely ripe fruit and sweet spices on the finish. Delicious. Drink or hold.

Wines & Spirits (W&S) : 93 Points (2017)
The rocky hillside soils of S.L.V. produced a dark and savory cabernet in 2017, with peppery intensity that feels driven by alcohol at first. Then, as it settles and integrates, the alcohol becomes part of the dynamic whole, layered into the tannins to highlight their dark-chocolate succulence. It’s generous with blackberry fruit that still carries its youthful grapiness, structured to age and evolve over the next ten years.

Decanter (DCT) : 93 Points (2017)
Warren Winiarski planted the SLV Vineyard in 1970 and just three years later produced the wine that would infamously go on to triumph over the other lauded reds in the 1976 Judgement of Paris. This site produces a more punchy, weighty Cabernet than that of the Fay vineyard next door. It’s sappy, brambly and pointed on the nose, displaying the warmth of the 2017 vintage. The palate is black-fruited, with dusty tannins and a long, dry finish. Decidedly ripe but retains a classic firm structure. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040

Wine Spectator (WS) : 92 Points (2017)
Compact, with a juicy core of blackberry and black currant fruit waiting to unwind. When it does, this will have lively licorice snap and singed apple wood notes. There's a subtle violet hint in the background to add some grace, but this has a nice sense of power overall. Best from 2021 through 2032.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 94 Points (2016)
Graphite, flint and toasted oak accent a core of brawny, concentrated black fruit in this estate red. Clove, black currant, cigar box and firm, structured tannins contribute to the classic nature of this well-made wine. Enjoy 2026–2031.

Jeb Dunnuck (JD) : 95 Points (2014)
All from the estate S.L.V. Vineyard in Stages Leap and aged 21 months in 90% new French oak, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. sports a deep purple/ruby color to go with a Saint-Julien like notes of blackcurrants, damp earth, tobacco and lead pencil. With medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, sweet tannin, beautiful purity and a great finish, it’s another terrific wine from this estate that can be drunk today of cellared for 15+ years.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 97 Points (2013)
Graphite, lavender, mint, licorice and plums literally jump out of the glass in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. Vibrant and powerful in the glass, the 2013 is endowed with striking nuance for a wine of its size. The wine's explosive energy is compelling, but it will be a number of years before the 2013 is ready to drink. It is pretty magical at this early stage just the same. (AG) (12/2016)

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Stag's Leap SLV Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Reviewed by Robert Parker 22-12-2022 . Score: 5