2014 KARIA Chardonnay
A greeting of caramel and honey reveals a touch of barrel reduction in this medium-bodied, generously layered wine. It imparts a ripeness of melon and apple, finishing in a sprinkling of nutmeg. —V.B.
2014 ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis is a blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Malbec...An elegant style of wine, with notes of cedar wood, black and red currants and spice box, this medium-bodied, delicious, complex and elegant wine could easily pass for a second- or third-growth Bordeaux in a blind tasting.
2013 CASK 23 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 ratchets up the level of complexity, richness and density. Magnificent floral notes intermix with blueberry, blackberry and cassis, and there is no hint of new oak. Kudos to Stags Leap Wine Cellars.
2013 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon
Opulent, with fabulous texture, a dense purple color, great blueberry and blackcurrant fruit with spice and flowers, this is sexy Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink beautifully for another 20 years or more. The balance is sensational.
2013 FAY Cabernet Sauvignon
Beautiful blackcurrant, floral-infused fruit jumps from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. There are some loamy underpinnings of soil, but the wine is medium to full-bodied, beautifully fruited, with great texture, and terrific purity and personality.
2012 CASK 23 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 reveals more oak on the nose, but is a much deeper, richer, fuller wine than the S.L.V. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, beautiful blackberry and cassis fruit, cedar wood, toast and earth jump from the glass. Full-bodied and layered, but with nothing out of balance.
2012 FAY Cabernet Sauvignon
A flinty, earthy layer of black truffle and coffee open the aromatic profile of the wine before offering bold, brawny flavors of leather and black currant. The oak is well integrated and the tannins sizable yet behaved. This is a beautiful wine.
2012 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon
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S.L.V. has the density of flavor to completely absorb the oak and its tannins, transforming that espresso roast scent into layers of dark and savory flavors of fresh black fruit. Even as the flavor is saturated and the texture supple, it feels airy and seamless, a wine of finesse and elegance rather than weight.
2012 ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon
Artemis is SLWC's cabernet blend from purchased grapes and in 2012, it's broad and juicy, emphasizing full-on depths of plumskin flavor and richness while retaining freshness in the fruit. Generous in its creamy texture, this is a match for filet mignon.
1995 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright, healthy dark red. Burnished woodsmoke, plum and cedar on the mellow, inviting nose, plus a hint of darker berries. Wonderfully fine-grained, concentrated and suave, showing flavors similar to the aromas, along with strong soil tones and an element of tobacco leaf.