Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2001


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Pouring this wine is like letting a genie out of the bottle: it gets bigger and bigger as the wine's depth and breadth gradually reveal themselves. In the nose, you'll notice berries, rosemary, and cardamon, while the palate fills with bright and creamy flavors of black plum, black olive, truffle, even a hint of chocolate-covered cherry. The smooth, very approachable entry reveals a luscious core of fruit down the center, while additional flavors fan out as the wine evolves in the mouth. The very long finish resonates like beautiful music-this wine just doesn't stop! The 2001 CASK 23 promises to age exceedingly well, but enjoy it now with well-aged prime rib, bacon-wrapped quail, or a selection of artisan cheeses (rich Stilton, Gorgonzola, Morbier)accompanied by a spoonful of fig compote.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
Brand Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Alcohol/vol 14.2%
  • we96

Wine EnthusiastClassic Napa Cab, right up there with the greats. Somehow manages to combine monstrous power with understated elegance. The strength is obviously in the ripe fruit and elaborate oak, while the subtlety lies in the soft tannins and impeccable balance. It's a wine you return to over and over, trying to figure it out, but it's always a step ahead. Drink now, with rich fare, or age through 2020.

Steve Heimoff, February 1, 2005
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorStarts out with an earthy, mulchy, loamy character before revealing its core currant, sage, herb and bay leaf flavors, along with hints of espresso. It also shows considerable tannic strength, finishing with a dry, minerally quality. Best from 2006 through 2012. 2,183 cases made.

November 15, 2004
  • wa87

Wine AdvocateThe estate's flagship wine, the medium-bodied 2001 Cask 23 exhibits notions of berry fruit intermixed with spice, coffee beans, herbs, and a touch of the cow dung component. While the attack is attractive, the wine narrows out and concludes with an angular, uninteresting finish. It actually performs less well than its two siblings, which is hard to understand. It will age for 10-15 years, but this 2001 in no way recalls the great Cask 23's of the seventies and early to mid-eighties. What a shame!

Robert Parker, February 2005