Milestones

1974

The Story of CASK 23

Celebrated winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff was consulting for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in the early years. When he was tasting lots of ageing wine from this vintage, one lot was so beautiful and deliciously distinct, it was bottled separately.

The wine was aged in a large wooden cask, number 23 in the lineup, so the bottling was named and labeled CASK 23. It became one of the first proprietary blends from a single vineyard estate in the Napa Valley.

This year, the winery also harvests and bottles its first Napa Valley Merlot, long before Merlot attains wide popularity in California as a separate varietal wine.