Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars


Richmond Ballet Wine Auction

A collection of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon in 3L bottles – A 3L bottle of 2006 FAY Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon and 2006 CASK 23 Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a copy of the book, Judgment of Paris, signed by author George Taber and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' founder.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Estate Wine Collection
One of Napa Valley’s first-growths presents this cellar-worthy collection of estate wines. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars first brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famous 1976 Paris Tasting, besting some of the most celebrated wines of Bordeaux. Today, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons—CASK 23, S.L.V. and FAY — are among the most highly prized and sought after Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide.

2006 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars CASK 23 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 3L
CASK 23, made only in exceptional vintages, is a blend of the most distinctive fruit from our S.L.V. and FAY estate vineyards. The story of CASK 23 began during the harvest of 1974. After tasting through various lots of wines from that year, one lot stood out as distinctly different. The lot from the center of Block 4, and had a character described as “crushed violets”. It was so appealing a decision was made to age this wine separately in a wooden cask, number 23. The wine was so deliciously distinct after aging, it was bottled separately and give it a special name—CASK 23. The magnum is presented in a custom wood box. 2006 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 3L
Planted in 1970, S.L.V. achieved international fame when three year old vines from the 1973 harvest produced a wine that shocked the wine world by triumphing over some of France’s greatest wines in a 1976 blind tasting known as the “Judgment of Paris”. Today, this history-making vineyard continues to yield wines of multi-layered complexity, structure, and spicy intensity.

2006 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars FAY Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 3L
The FAY vineyard is the land where the history of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars began. In 1969 , Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ founder tasted Nathan Fay’s 1968 homemade Cabernet and knew, instantly, that he had found what he was searching for: classic elements of fruit and structure, suppleness and balance. A style dubbed “an iron fist in a velvet glove.” In 1986, Nathan offered to sell his vineyard to the winery and in his honor, the vineyard was named FAY. The lucky winner of this lot will also receive a copy of the book, Judgment of Paris, signed by author George Taber and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' founder. George Taber, a Time magazine reporter, who was the only member of the press to attend the dramatic tasting that transformed the wine industry, writes about this historic event and the colorful personalities involved.