This has improved enormously since I last tasted it a few years ago, when it was tart and harsh. It is now an enjoyable, medium bodied wine with good black fruit, moderate complexity, and a pleasant if short finish. Very nice, but a long way from great.
Popped and poured; ruby color with slightest of bricking at edge; ripe, dark berries and espresso - consistent with previous bottles, but much more distinct than I remember; well integrated oak and tannins; long finish with licorice and toasted spice notes; definitely into it's sweet spot; nicely rewarded for holding off to this point
Black to deep red/purple edge. Young looking yet. Light perfume with anise and black currents. Tannins resolved, but still has good acid balance. Taste is balanced, showing black fruit. Medium finish. This is a good, not great value but is showing and aging well. Will keep for several more years. No rush.
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(Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis) Dark red violet color; deep red currant, cedar, vanilla nose; tight, rather plush, tart cassis, red currant, cedar palate, needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish