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2010 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Cask 23" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1142334 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark In a vintage such as 2010 where individual terroirs are so clearly marked, the Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cask 23 – a blend of the SLV and Fay – is at a distinct disadvantage because it naturally lacks the character and personality of those two wines. I must also note that the SLV and Fay have improved dramatically on their own terms, so the rationale of blending them is further diminished. To be sure the Cask 23 is an excellent representation of the vintage. There is plenty of 2010 fruit, structure and tannin, along with attractive hints of smoke, tar and incense, but at the end of the day, I find the Cask 23 less satisfying than Stag's Leap Wine Cellars’ very best wines. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dense purple. Intense and sweet start and lightly malty. Dried tobacco leaf. Still intense and fresh. (JR) 17.5/20 points Inner quote mark (2/2015)

K&L Notes

Lots are fermented and aged separately, and then blended into what is one of Napa Valley's most famous bottlings, Cask 23. Tasting notes from the winery: "The 2010 CASK 23 combines the signature perfume notes of FAY vineyard with the structure and minerality of S.L.V. The wine opens with deep red and black cherry aromas along with notes of juicy strawberry, cocoa, and spice. The wine has an elegant texture with very fine tannins and great acidity. On the palate the wine is full bodied with rich dark berry fruit with hints of cedar and white truffle that lead to a long fruit and spice driven finish."


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