Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
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|Region||California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District|
|Brand||Stag's Leap Wine Cellars|
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.
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.
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!