March 2, 2022 - Stag's Leap Library Wine Tasting (Heritage Gallery - Chicago IL): 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.
January 29, 2022 - At first sniff, you could easily mistaken this for Bordeaux. Lots of graphite and stoniness, with a floral (violet and lavender) finish. Silky, yet still plenty of grippy tannins left, fruit has died off slightly but dark fruits and red fruits are still prevalent. I bought this before prices went up which allows me to judge this against what I paid, vs what it is now. At $250CDN this is a more refined version of the SLV/Fay; at $450, I might wonder what makes this worth considerably more than the SLV, and I would prefer the latter. Consumed first of 2 bottles, and I look forward to comparing in 5-10 years time.
December 22, 2021 - Clean mineral slate, ripe berries, bergamot tea, pencil lead.
The price seems a bit of a reach.
November 4, 2021 - Liked but didn’t love. Wanted to. But a little more subdued than I expected.
October 18, 2021 - amazing better with some time perfect with steak/meat
April 18, 2021 - Simply outstanding. Decanted at restaurant, about 45 minutes before pouring. First glass just the slightest bit closed and disjointed, but a few minutes and a few good swirls later it was totally good to go. Complex and beautiful nose, but in a light way, not a punch in the face --you had to take a deep sniff. Medium bodied, no heat, lots of berries, a touch of oak, a hint of salt and metal on the finish, and a little, but very nice, bit of grip. 2nd best wine I've had in 2021, best from my own cellar. A treat.
April 17, 2021 - Perfectly balanced.. soft tannins, went great with bolognese
November 26, 2020 - Thanksgiving/Birthday 2020. Bottletop aerator into hanging decanter, 1hr rest. Plum and black cherry in the glass, afternoon light. Floral on the nose, anise/licorice, raisins. Dense tannins in the mouth, almost chewy—earthy, meaty, leathery. This one may need more time to open up, as I’m struggling to discern any fruit flavors. Smooth, dry finish. One hour later with some vigorous swirling in the glass. Crisp, bright raspberry. Sharp like lemons. Delicious and excited to stretch this bottle out during the football games.
August 7, 2020 - Nice and drinking well now. Pulled from cellar, pop and pour at restaurant.
Deep ruby. On the nose, pomegranate and cherries with a little forest floor. Intense taste of blueberries, raisins, medium acidity fading with oak on the back. Perhaps not the best vintage, but there's plenty to like. Improved a bit after an hour in the bottle.
July 8, 2018 - Had high expectations. While good, its not great. Did one hour double decant. Probably too young. Not as heavy a cab. Not worth the price at this point.