2006 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Artemis" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Made almost exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a deeply colored, reipely rich young wine that shows masses of blackberries. There are supporting notes of paine grille, anise, violets, anise and smoky oak, with a firm grounding of minerals. Shows some tartness and astringency that strongly suggest time in the cellar. Try beyond 2012.
Rather closed nose at first, with discreet cassis and leafy notes. Much bigger on the palate, really sophisticated and broad. Very much in its infancy, just hinting at what’s to come with cocoa, coffee, blackberry and black cherry fruit all jostling for attention. 17.5/20 points.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis exhibits notes of black currants, plum, licorice, roasted herbs, and some new oak. It was one of the more aromatic wines of the group, but when it hits the palate, some rather harsh tannins, obvious herbaceousness, and jagged acidity kick in. I would drink this wine sooner rather than later, as it is likely to dry out, although the acids will keep it alive for some time to come. (RP)
One of Stag's Leaps signature wines, the Artemis blends fruit from the winery's Arcadia, Fay and SLV vineyards. Briar fruit and wild rosemary aromas and flavors open up to reveal grilled meat and nutmeg notes that pair perfectly with steak au poivre or osso bucco.