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

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One Puff from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "The familial stamp found in the first aromas of the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars set is unmistakable. Creamy oak, wisps of smoke and cocoa enhance the wine's ripe cherry and quietly dried berry notes leading to a winery-typical supple entry ... It very much needs time in bottle to smooth out." (Volume 29 Issue 2: December 2004) According to the Wine Spectator: "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. Best from 2006 through 2012..." (11/04) K&L's notes - 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. Though not yet rated, this consistently excellent bottle promises great things in the superb 2001 vintage. Do not wait for the pundits to jump on the bandwagon!

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Varietal:

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 Médoc 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.
Country:

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.
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California

- 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.