2009 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Artemis" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine & Spirits
A warm, Mediterranean style of cabernet, this is sunny and stony with an herbal spice. Tart black cherry fruit warms the palate, as does the rustic grip of the tannins. Is it old-fashioned in the sense of Italianate styles of the past, or is it a less stylized, unmediated expression of Napa Valley’s contemporary climate? Something to ponder over a glass and a bowl of pasta with boar sugo.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis shows lovely depth and richness in its expressive dark fruit, flowers, tar and licorice. The influence of Antinori is already felt in this beautiful wine. A supple, generous finish rounds things out nicely. The difference between this 2009 and 2008 is night and day. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. The changes that have taken place at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars over the last few years are nothing less than stunning.
This has lots of ripe, plush blackberry, olive and dark chocolate flavors. It packs a punch that lasts into a long, spicy finish. Delicious, classy, and lovely to drink now, although it will evolve through at least 2018.