2002 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Fay" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
*Cellar Selection* The immediate impression is of extreme youth and mandatory cellaring. Bluntly, this is not an easy wine to like now. It has a peppery edge, and the blackberry fruit is buried under tons of dark, brooding tannins. Best to age...but it should be worth the wait.
*One Star* With a wealth of rich, smoky, slightly herbal and somewhat coffee-like themes lending singular identity to both its complex aromas and layered flavors, this supple, medium-bodied effort is keyed more on sweet ripe cherries than classic cassis.
One of the jewels in the Stag's crown, this is perfumed and delicious. Cherry, liquorice and sweet briar. Spicy, grippy tannins. Drink 2011-26. (AL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Dark raspberry, chocolatey oak and hints of celery and mint on the nose; offers more aromatic lift than the S.L.V. Creamy and lush in texture, with sweet flavors of raspberry, spices and earth; grew more chocolatey as it opened in the glass. The firm finish features substantial but sweet tannins. (ST)
The nose fills with the scents of red currants, lavender, violets and butterscotch. In the mouth, the wine softens as the flavors — red plums, black cherries, mint a ribbon of vanilla — expand in the mouth. The tannins are well integrated from the very smooth entry through the silky finish.