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1994 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars --- Cask 23

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 86 WA
  • 93 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 59512-1994
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 86

    Last year I reported on what is clearly a dramatic change in the winemaking style at this winery. The 1996s, 1995s, and 1994s are all much higher in acidity, with lean, sinewy, tart personalities. Now that this wine has been bottled, it is totally devoid of any of the Cask 23 characteristics shared by some of the marvelous vintages of the past (i.e., 1991, 1990, 1987, 1985, 1984, 1978, and 1974). The color is a dark ruby/purple, and the wine's closed aromatics reveal earth and red currant/cranberry fruit. On the attack, the wine exhibits shrill acidity, medium body, and a cursory finish, which serves to only make the tannin seem more astringent. This narrowly built, compressed, light to medium-bodied Cask 23 is a total departure from previous efforts.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    This red blend is intense and concentrated, with a rich and supple texture and loads of currant, anise, black cherry, plum and berry notes. On the finish, the flavors weave together in a complex tapestry, and though firmly tannic, it's perfectly balanced.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating:

    pretty insipid and over rated wine
    Author: Kiki
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Somehow mute, then decanted for 2hrs and started to open ...this is classic NApa mature cabernet...cigar box, some leather notes, forest floor and ripe red and black currant. Drink now with proper decant.
    Drink Dates: 2002-2016
    Author: Jito72
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is one of Napa Valley's most established and respected producers. The winery was founded by Warren Winiarski and his family in 1970 and it is best known for estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, the wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 235 bottles owned
  • 91 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 91 collectors)