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1976 Paris Tasting Recreated at Expovinis, Brazil

A recreation of the famous 1976 Paris Tasting was held at this year’s Expovinis Brazil International Wine Fair, with the results soundly repeating the original tasting.

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A Little More Fay

In November 2001, not long after Stags Leap District winegrowing pioneer Nathan Fay died at the age of eighty-four, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars purchased the seventy-seven acres adjoining the FAY vineyard from Nathan’s family, reunifying the lands that Nathan originally owned.

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How Do You Like Your Tannins?

Take a sip of over-steeped tea. Now taste a fine Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The drying, bitter sensation from the tea is due to tannin—the same organic compound that gives the wine a firm structure and long, beautiful finish.

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Harvest 2004: Early, Fast, Intense

The 2004 growing season in the Napa Valley had many of the earmarks of a great vintage, including a warm, dry spring and a cool, foggy summer. A heat spike in early September, with temperatures above 100 degrees, created a suspenseful finale as we hurried to bring in the grapes before high temperatures could cause over-ripening.

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The Place Beneath: The "Sweet Spot" of FAY

Over the more than three decades that we have been farming our historic estate vineyards, we’ve learned that small areas within particular blocks consistently produce grapes with unique qualities of flavor and texture. A case in point is FAY Block 8. In its center is an irregularly shaped "sweet spot" that yields fruit of unusual expressiveness, characterized by voluptuous softness as well as concentration. Over the years this "sweet spot" has been a key component of CASK 23.

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