2013 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "SLV-40TH Anniversary" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 40th anniversary cuvée 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. is a real beauty without a hard edge to be found. It has a velvety texture, beautiful blueberry, black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, a judicious touch of oak, sweet, creamy full-bodied opulence, stunning purity, and represents a prodigious effort to celebrate 40 years. (RP)
Iron, smoke, red stone fruits, rose petal and chocolate are some of the scents that emerge from the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. Powerful, intense and earthy, the 2013 delivers a rush of intensity, with a firm spine of tannins that propels the finish. Here, too, there is plenty of opulence, but the S.L.V. also offers a striking dimension of mineral and savory notes to balance things out. This distinctly virile, imposing Cabernet is going to need time. Closing notes of cinnamon and rose add striking perfume. The S.L.V. is the tightest of these wines today. New owner Chateau Ste. Michelle, along with minority partner Antinori, has done a magnificent job with these 2013s. In fact, the wines are so brilliant and such a significant departure from the past that I tasted through the range twice. New winemaker Marcus Notaro has introduced a more contemporary, fruit-driven style at Stag's Leap. More importantly, these 2013s show none of the flaws that marred some wines in the past. Needless to say, it will be fascinating to see where things go, but one thing is clear; the three flagship Cabernets are all fabulous. (AG)
Marking the producer’s 40th vintage since the success of the Paris Tasting, this continues the thread of power and grace, combining bright, dusty red currant and chocolate-covered cherry within soft, integrated tannin. Full bodied, it has a velvety touch to the texture and noticeable structure.