2013 Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A wine with purity and definition. Ultra-fine tannins hold together a red with subtle berry, walnut, forest floor and mushroom character. Very fine indeed. Better in 2020 but so beautiful now.
*Two Stars* Rather than running to flamboyant ripeness and lavish oak, this precise varietal working is all about structure and steady fruit. It is nicely extracted and moderately rich, but it does not blow from the glass and invites thoughtful sipping instead. It is still on the youthfully tight side of things without ever being overly tannic or austere, and it is a wine that can confidently be set aside for six to ten years of cellaring.
Small amounts of Malbec, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot punctuate this well-made wine, layered in red currant and cassis, with classic highlights of cedar and graphite. Softly integrated tannin and oak provide approachability, before a powerful, lingering finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa (86% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot) was aged 20 months in French oak, of which 37% was new. This is a structured, tannic, rather austere style of wine that mimics a fine Bordeaux. It is deep ruby/purple and offers notes of graphite, black and red currants, licorice and tobacco leaf. It is medium-bodied, structured, and best cellared for several years and drunk over the following 15 years. This is a fascinating array of wines, especially some of the intriguing red wine cuvées produced at this winery, which has a long history (established in 1893). (RP)