2001 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Fay" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Classically proportioned, and drinkable now for its sweet oak, luscious blackcurrant fruit and immediate appeal. But it packs a real punch on the finish, showing the controlled power of an ager. Will easily cellar through this decade.
Elegant and stylish, with a band of mocha, espresso, currant and sage flavors that are supple and harmonious, with fine balance and good length. Lots of cedar and spice emerge on the finish, where the tannins are tightly wound.
This historic vineyard was the first planting of Cabernet Sauvignon in what is now the Stags Leap District. From the beginning, Fay's soils, a combination of rich, waterborne alluvial earth and volcanic rock, have yielded wines marked by voluptuous perfume and radiant berry flavors, with a personality markedly different from the wines of neighboring S.L.V. Do not wait for the pundits to jump on the bandwagon!