2001 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "SLV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This is certainly a wine to lay down. It has a marvelous core of blackcurrant and cherry fruit, and the oak is sweet, but the grip hits mid-palate, and the tannins close everything down on the finish. Will marry well with a rich steak, but should age effortlessly for many years.
*One Star* This wine's medium-intensity and nicely focused aromas of currants and creamy oak are filled out with a smoky, toasty note. The wine is quite supple and inviting in mouthfeel with a certain plump and polished quality at entry and a nice bit of firming tannin at the finish. It is attractively long in its flavors and aftertaste ...
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In addition to the earthy, almost fresh cow dung smell, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon SLV possesses attractive black raspberry, plum, and cherry notes. Medium-bodied with a silky texture, good flesh, fine balance, and a pleasant finish ... (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby-red. Cassis, mocha, earth and smoky oak on the nose. Moderately sweet, pliant flavors of dark berries, plum, sassafras and chocolate. Finishes with fairly sweet but slightly dry tannins and late notes of chocolate and dill. (ST)
Elegant and refined, with subtle currant, fresh earth, herb, and sage flavors and tight, earthy tannins... (JL)
Formerly known as Stag's Leap Vineyards, S.L.V. was Warren Winiarski's first vineyard investment in 1970. Originally a walnut and plum orchard, it adjoined a property owned by Nathan Fay, who was growing and making a successful Cabernet Sauvignon in an area thought unsuitable for it. Proving beyond a doubt that such prejudice was ill conceived, and forever changing the world's view of California winemaking in the process, S.L.V. produced the 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon that vanquished the French competition in the 1976 Paris Tasting.