classic Napa cab. opaque purple-blue, medium plus viscosity. aromas of dark fruit, wet leaves, tobacco, oak; on the palate: red/blue fruit, cassis, black tea; tannins are fine and well-integrated, with a silky mouthfeel; fruit may be a little over the hill, but it's still drinking beautifully -- texture has really come together in a way you don't get from younger juice. it's good to be reminded why we lay bottles down. that said, this isn't going to improve any more, and fruit is probably already post-apex; drink now.
Not sure if this is the correct stags leap, the label pictured is correct (stags Leap wine cellars), which is the wine I am drinking. Stags leap winery is a separate entity. That being said this particular bottle was DOA, completely void of fruit all that was left was an oaky mess. According to CT this has been in my cold cellar since late 2007 and I consumed another one back in 2012 which I rated 89. I am actually showing a bottle of 04 Stags Leap Winery somewhere in my inventory according to CT. I guess I will run across it eventually. FYI the same bottle (s) picture for the 04 Stags Leap Wine Cellars is the same as the 04 SL Winery!
Soft nose of ripe dark red/blue fruit, oak, and a mysteriously fragrant spice/floral/tobacco note. Soft again on entry,with dark fruit and wet earth, and flavors of dark chocolate shavings that finish with fine-grain tannins coating the tongue.
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