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1997 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars - Cask 23 750ml
1997 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars - Cask 23
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars - Cask 23
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 96

Bright red-ruby. Very complex, inviting, slightly roasted nose combines cassis, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, herbs and mellow oak tones. Lush, sweet, dense and ripe, but with firm acidity and flinty minerality giving verve to the quintessential cabernet flavors of currant and fresh herbs. Finishes with dusty, sweet tannins. The best vintage of this bottling that come my way in some time.

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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

I think we can agree that this is a Stag's Leap wine, and one which goes its own relatively subtle way. Deep, dense colour; intensely savoury nose and, although obviously made of fully ripe fruit, much less sweet and more 'French' than most Californian Cabernets. This spreads across the palate and still has definite chew at the end. A very serious wine with good prospects

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Delivers marvelous richness, intensity and focus, with layers of spicy currant, coffee, anise, sage, cedar, mocha and mineral, and continues to reveal extra nuances, subtle flavors, new depths and dimensions through the finish. 1,994 cases made.

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Community Reviews

Koby Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 03/15/2014 Site Blog: The Wine Forum

Astonishingly good, especially at 4 hours decant. This is everything I could have ever hoped for as many other Napa 1997 wines seem to have held up poorly. Crimson red the color is more youthful than I would have expected. The nose at first was odd, almost synthetic like. That blew off after an hour and continually added layers of nuance. The palate showed red currants, blackberries, creme d'cassis and black cherry with pencil shavings and cedar notes. The palate was balanced with a heady and super long finish sporting 1+ minute. By far the best Cask 23 I have ever had. #slwc #cask23 #stagsleap #1997 #Winiarski


David 429 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 03/26/2011 Drink Dates: 2011-2015

Deep ruby red to the rim, an amazing nose of sweet berries and just shaved wood, a mind blowing mouthfeel of velvety textures and an amazingly long and delicious finish with lush sweet well integrated tannins. Love this wine, drinking great now. This was a 375 ml bottle. Have another 750 ml. Looking forward to drinking it shortly.


Charles S310 Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 02/05/2010 Drink Dates: 2010-2011


jab Tasted On: 06/08/2009

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