1994 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Fay" Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #300493 92 points Wine Spectator

 There's lots to admire in this Cab, with its core of currant, anise, cedar, sage and black olive flavors, and tannins that are firm but supple. Rich and concentrated, it's marked by more substance, depth and tannin than is the SLV bottling, if not as concentrated as the Cask 23. (JL)  (3/1998)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1994s were much more impressive when tasted last year. At present, they reveal similar degrees of tart acidity, although this component is not quite as pronounced. Surprisingly, the PH levels must be in the 3.4 range, which is very low by the standards of the world's greatest Merlots and Cabernets. The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard offers up a sweet, tobacco, coffee, spicy, herbal nose, followed by elegant, fruitcake, medium-bodied redcurrant flavors with a subtle hint of black fruits. The wine is round, with tangy acidity, but not the abrasive levels of tartness found in some of the other reds. The finish reveals good structure, purity, and tannin. (RP)  (12/1996)

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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 M├ędoc 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.
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