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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 25 
ProducerStag's Leap Wine Cellars (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationStags Leap District
UPC Code(s)088593800047

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2021 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Stag`s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.1 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 33 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 4/4/2015 & rated 92 points: Outstanding!
Half the btl kept under cork from yesterday, so took this wonderful opportunity to make a reassessment.

Today, the nose is closed and only after much coaxing does a deep red fruitiness spring forward. Super clean, but no nuance.

Mouth is more open for play than the nose. Medium bodied, transparent with a pure and clean berry expression. Tannins remain hidden by the young fruit. This is an very fine wine with a small voice, superb constitution (however, the acids are neighter balanced nor integrated) and structure.

Blinded, I think I'd have gone for Merlot-based, from the raisin character and small bitterness and lack of CS-signage (other than tannic structure.) I do remember it quite differently from yesterday, when I dismissed it as a typical Napa cab...

Feeling happy to have half of this btl all to myself :-)
Stage: Early maturity, nearing its plateau.
As the Stag's Leap ppl so aptly state: classic beauty (including poor QPR, at least in Sweden.) (583 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 4/3/2015 & rated 90 points: A solid 90 p. Opened at the table and not favoured by anyone as it was a little too easy drinking and there were other, more interesting, wines that kept flowing. I only had a small glass and didn't assess it any further than:
A typical, well made Napa cab. (507 views)
 Tasted by bluegoose on 11/8/2014 & rated 93 points: Really smooth up-front and mid palate. Fairly deep/long lasting finish. The tannins are integrated very well - seamless transition from mid palate to finish. I can't see this vintage getting better in light of how everything is integrated. Drank next to a 2012 Quivet Kenefick cab, Bryant DB4 2006 cab, and Lewelling 2001 Wight. I believe this was the fourth best wine of the four but pretty tough company. The other three drinking with me agreed. Decanted for one hour and drank over another two. Improved some with time. (1416 views)
 Tasted by WineGuyDelMar on 9/13/2014 & rated 92 points: Well structured, great balance soft but nice silky tannins. This wine hardly ever disappoints & has been great for a long time. For the price point this wine beats a lot of overpriced Napa cabs that sell for much higher prices. (1353 views)
 Tasted by mraabpfg on 7/14/2014 & rated 92 points: Solid Cab with notes of chocolate spic and leather on the nose and a steady yet mild finish of berry and jam (1556 views)
 Tasted by chillericed on 2/23/2014 & rated 93 points: Tasted blind. Dark purple. Nose was a complex concoction of cherry, blackberry, coriander, and anise. On the palate it was smooth with the fruit showing a bit more than the spices. Solid structure and tannins. This was my WOTN. (1835 views)
 Tasted by ToniTony on 2/2/2014 & rated 90 points: Wonderfully fruity, complex and well-structured. A great wine! (1779 views)
 Tasted by WCH3GA on 7/20/2013 & rated 93 points: So good (2524 views)
 Tasted by Mike Mann on 5/12/2013 & rated 94 points: smooth, great nose great finish (2520 views)
 Tasted by BigBoy_Sonoma on 5/4/2013 & rated 92 points: Dark fruit, cherries, spice, tobacco, smokey oak. (2324 views)
 Tasted by MemorialWineFan on 3/4/2013 & rated 91 points: Been awhile since I had a Fay. Very good bottle. (2495 views)
 Tasted by AUDIocee on 11/30/2012 & rated 89 points: Not bad, but there are better out there
The wine looks Garnet colored. The legs are Slow. (3177 views)
 Tasted by OregonWineGeeks on 10/3/2012 & rated 91 points: This is a dark ruby Cabernet from Napa Valley with a generous nose of black fruit, leather, graphite, olives and cedar. The mouth feel is full bodied. The fruit is vibrant with a nice layered and complex mix of acids and fruit. The finish has flexible tannin long and delightful. (2902 views)
 Tasted by dke on 2/26/2012: (at the winery) Cherries and chocolate on the palate. Minerals on the very good finish. ~92pts (2634 views)
 Tasted by mckillop on 1/22/2012 & rated 90 points: Full body and strong tannins. Looking forward to trying it again in 2018. (4147 views)
 Tasted by Porchino on 1/21/2012 & rated 93 points: Elegant shows great for USA world class (3844 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 12/29/2011: An oak bomb at this stage. Decanted. Dark purple color. Aromatic nose of black currant, blackberry, and loads of oak. In the mouth, primary and not giving much; it's all fruit and oak at this stage. Hard to get a read on. B+ (3362 views)
 Tasted by V572625694 on 10/20/2011: Somewhat thin tasting, with a hint of bitterness. May need more time. (3538 views)
 Tasted by lumpyelbow on 10/7/2011: Napa 2011; 10/6/2011-10/9/2011 (Napa Valley, California): Not showing or giving much. With vigorous swirling you can coax some perfume and vanilla from the glass. Not a lot of body, tannic finish. (4048 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/27/2012)
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NOTE: This is easily confused with Stags' Leap Winery, but Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is a different winery. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is considered one of Napa Valley's first-growths. "We were founded by Warren Winiarski and his family in 1970 and are best known for our estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons — CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, our wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars was known only in the Napa Valley until the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting, when Winiarski's 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon, the first wine produced at the new winery, bested four top-ranked Bordeaux entries, including first-growths Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The tasting landed Stag's Leap Wine Cellars squarely among the ranks of the world's most noteworthy Cabernet producers and placed Winiarski among the ranks of world's most respected winemakers. It also fundamentally transformed how Californian wines were viewed worldwide [StagsLeap See details here].

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