Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

2005 S.L.V. Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

Vineyards & Winemaking

Located in the heart of what is now the Stags Leap District, S.L.V. soils are made up, in part, of volcanic earth which contributes “fire”- like qualities of great structure, concentration, and spicy intensity. The vineyard has undergone a gradual, decade-long replanting program. This year’s blend includes fruit from the young vines of Block 3A and 3B, planted in 2001. The lots vinified from these youthful vines are already showing classic S.L.V. structure and rich cassis flavors. The blend also includes fruit from 1A and 2A. Planted in the early 1990’s, they are now in their peak growing years. The final contribution to the blend comes from Block 4 with vines over thirty-five years old, the last remaining block from the original planting which continues to produce fruit of extraordinary character.

Tasting Notes

In its youth, this wine rewards those who let it sit in the glass and open up before discovering its generous character. At first, it presents dark fruit and floral aromas, then an earthy hint of rosemary and black truffle. Similar flavors unfold, including dark cherry, blueberry and plum that join with cocoa powder and spiced vanilla. This mouthfilling wine builds in richness and density through its long, smooth finish. Try it with a dry-aged porterhouse steak, grilled game, or a wild mushroom tart.

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Napa Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
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Barrel Aging:
24 months
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