2003 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Fay" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
**One Star** Nicely extracted and filled with plenty of ripe, black-cherry fruit, this generously oaked bottling is accented by touches of coffee and hints of herbs not found in its cellarmates. It is moderately full in body and closes with a nominally tannic pucker drying its finish, and its somewhat unevolved manner makes five years of aging a good idea.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Currant, dark chocolate, bandaid and eucalyptus on the nose. Juicy and flavorful, with a fresh flavor of crunchy currant and more depth than the S.L.V. bottling; here the acids are bright but more harmonious. Finishes with sweet tannins and a leathery nuance. (ST)
Wine & Spirits
The middle of this wine is filled with soft black currant flavor, surrounded by spice and, for the moment, a green onion edge of reduction. It's as gracious as the wine's provenance would imply, and will likely develop a more complex depth of flavor with eight to ten years of age.
Voluptuous and rich, the 2003 Fay Cabernet Sauvignon yields full, expressive notes of red currant, black cherry, and cocoa as well as more subtle impressions of nutmeg, rosemary and vanilla. The savory fruit flavors are beautifully integrated with fine-grained, silky tannins and balanced acidity. This Fay is already enticing in its youth, but was built to age. For a teriffic pairing try this wine with an herb crusted beef tenderloin