1997 Robert Mondavi Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
Delivers a broad, complex range of chocolate, black cherry, mocha, toasty oak and wild berry flavors that are sharply focused and compact, finishing with rich, earthy tannins. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as a knock-out nose of black raspberries, currants, and floral scents. Exotic and open-knit, without the sheer force of the Oakville cuvee, with gloriously sweet fruit and impeccable harmony, this terrific 100% Cabernet Sauvignon will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and last for 15-20 years. Very impressive! (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep ruby. Lively aromas of black cherry, cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice and graphite. Densely packed but not quite as lively or juicy as the Napa Valley bottling. Middle-palate fruit is a bit suppressed today, so the tannins leave a drier impression. Needs bottle aging. (ST)
A little prune, cherry and tobacco mix on the nose with some leafiness, creating a bouquet similar to Bordeaux. Black cherry and licorice are the predominant flavors, and in the end game there’s a subdued coffee-tinged, reserved character to it.