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2006 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Artemis" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1044408 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Made almost exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a deeply colored, reipely rich young wine that shows masses of blackberries. There are supporting notes of paine grille, anise, violets, anise and smoky oak, with a firm grounding of minerals. Shows some tartness and astringency that strongly suggest time in the cellar. Try beyond 2012.  (4/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Rather closed nose at first, with discreet cassis and leafy notes. Much bigger on the palate, really sophisticated and broad. Very much in its infancy, just hinting at what’s to come with cocoa, coffee, blackberry and black cherry fruit all jostling for attention. 17.5/20 points.  (5/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis exhibits notes of black currants, plum, licorice, roasted herbs, and some new oak. It was one of the more aromatic wines of the group, but when it hits the palate, some rather harsh tannins, obvious herbaceousness, and jagged acidity kick in. I would drink this wine sooner rather than later, as it is likely to dry out, although the acids will keep it alive for some time to come. (RP)  (12/2009)

K&L Notes

One of Stag's Leaps signature wines, the Artemis blends fruit from the winery's Arcadia, Fay and SLV vineyards. Briar fruit and wild rosemary aromas and flavors open up to reveal grilled meat and nutmeg notes that pair perfectly with steak au poivre or osso bucco.

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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 Médoc 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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.