2012 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Cask 23" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1205601 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 reveals more oak on the nose, but is a much deeper, richer, fuller wine than the S.L.V. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, beautiful blackberry and cassis fruit, cedar wood, toast and earth jump from the glass. Full-bodied and layered, but with nothing out of balance, this is probably the strongest Cask 23 since the glory years of the mid-80s. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The best Cask 23 in recent memory, with inviting perfume, mouth-coating texture, intense black fruit and layers of graphite, cedar and firm yet elegant tannins. (LM) Inner quote mark (11/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Thick and dense, with managed tannins and a nest of oak, this marquee wine offers classic insight into the Napa Valley. It's weighty and somewhat smoky, with a lurking sense of minerality and balance. A powerful grip gives way on the lengthy finish to satisfying end notes of coffee and toffee. *Editors' Choice* (VB) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Deftly balanced and well-proportioned, exhibiting a mix of complex currant, blackberry, black licorice and dried herb flavors. Ends impressively, with a subtle, expansive aftertaste that probes the nuances of Cabernet. (JL) Inner quote mark (11/2015)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon CASK 23 is the biggest and richest of these wines from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Broad and expansive on the palate, the 2012 is quite pretty, but stops short of being truly exciting. Blue and black fruits, violets and sweet spices add nuance on the perfumed, generous finish. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2014)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Juicy and dense with impressive sweetness and fine tannins but no sickliness. Graphite and lovely dry finish. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

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