2001 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "SLV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1010981 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (2/2005)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *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 ...  (12/2004)

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)  (2/2005)

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)  (1/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Elegant and refined, with subtle currant, fresh earth, herb, and sage flavors and tight, earthy tannins... (JL)  (11/2004)

K&L Notes

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.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.