Stag's Leap Library Wine Tasting

Heritage Gallery - Chicago IL

Tasted March 2, 2022 by Burgundy Al with 72 views

Flight 1 (22 notes)

Red
2005 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Walk around tasting. Easy, fun, and smooth, slightly jammy but reasonably well balanced.
Red
2001 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley
86 points
Walk around tasting. Much more tannic vs 2005, and while there is clearly good black fruit, the structure made this slightly awkward.
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1995 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Walk around tasting. Enchanting aromas seems like right bank Bordeaux, very appealing overall. Flavors are similar, but less fresh, more tired. Certainly enjoyable, my fav of the flight.
Red
1986 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley
Walk around tasting. Pretty and certainly charming, but slightly past its peak, even while enjoyable.
Red
2015 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Walk around tasting. Rich and also slightly jammy with faint chocolate and vanilla. A bit simple, but very fun.
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2011 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Walk around tasting, direct from winery. Bigger and funner fruit vs 2015 with the benefit of a bit more graceful aging.
Red
2008 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Walk around tasting, direct from the winery. Powerful fruit, just slightly awkward and backward. Upside?
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2002 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Walk around tasting, direct from the winery. Easily my favorite of the vertical, this was balanced and charming with sneaky length and good persistence. Not particularly complex, but certainly easy to enjoy its fun fruit aging well.
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2014 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay USA, California, Napa Valley
Walk around tasting, direct from the winery. Very young and precocious. Powerful while floral and fruit-driven. Good density with sneaky power. Better to cellar a few years longer.
Red
2010 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Walk around tasting, direct from winery. Lots here while also subdued and very subtle with bright textures. Our group liked this quite a bit, but I imagine this isn't as favored by the typical Napa Cab crowd. Long and energetic finish.
Red
1997 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay USA, California, Napa Valley
Walk around tasting, direct from the winery. Simpler and shorter vs the 2010 just tasting, this is lacking brightness and dynamism. Still fun, but not a wine to hold much longer.
Red
1993 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay USA, California, Napa Valley
Walk around tasting, direct from the winery. Good fruit but I found the structure a bit pronounced and slightly angular. OK overall.
Red
2014 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
Walk around tasting, all direct from the winery. Firm, big and dense black fruit. Not quite (yet) fun today, but lots here. Muscular and powerful. Patience required here.
Red
2009 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
90 points
Walk around tasting, direct from the winery. Rich and fleshy, this seems opulent, but sneaky structure maintains balance. Good length. Good now.
Red
1995 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
Walk around tasting, direct from the winery. Also good, surprisingly bright for its age. Very enjoyable now.
Red
1987 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
Walk around tasting, direct from winery. Great nose, less complete on palate with a faintly metallic note. This has that old school Napa style that is enchanting and elegant without being heavy, a style rarely seen these days.
Red
1977 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
93 points
Walk around tasting, direct from the winery. Smoky and mature black cherry with so much charm. Seamless from start-to-finish with lots of brightness. I wish more Napa Cabernet were still like this.
Red
2013 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
93 points
Walk around tasting, all direct from the winery. Big but accessible fruit wit silky tannins. Lots here, both elegant and powerful. Good depth and length. Upside from here.
Red
2000 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
89 points
Walk around tasting, all direct from the winery. Soft, fun and easy to enjoy. Perhaps some new oak isn't fully absorbed.
Red
1995 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
93 points
Walk around tasting, all direct from the winery. So Bordeaux in the best possible ways. Rich and powerful with some gamy, horsey notes that add intrigue and nuance. Complex, long, and very well layered. Very good now.
Red
1983 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
Walk around tasting, all direct from the winery. Muted and slightly tired, but maybe it's just that is pales in comparison to the amazing 1995 just tasted.
Red
1979 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
90 points
Walk around tasting, all direct from the winery. Abit step up vs the 1983 just tasted, this is balanced, charming and precise, even in a light, elegant style.
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