International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88(14.4% alcohol): Medium ruby. Sweet oak tones to the aromas of black cherry, milk chocolate, mocha and truffle. At once savory and sweet in the mouth, showing good fat to its inviting, if oaky, flavors of milk chocolate, herbs and earth complicated by fresh herbs. The pliant finish displays sweet tannins, with the chocolatey Merlot component giving the wine good accessibility.Author: Stephen Tanzer
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Rustic throughout, this exhibits a dusty, loamy earth quality amid chewy dark berry, graphite and oak elements. The fruit pushes through in a forceful manner and the finish is layered, yet one wonders if the tannins will ever be more agreeable. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. -- 2005 California Cabernet blind retrospective (September 2015). Drink now through 2020. 3,214 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91Their blend, the 2005 Proprietary Red Elevage, which is obviously composed of Bordeaux varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot (I don't think any Cabernet Franc is in it), has a slightly denser ruby/purple color. The aromatics of blue, red and black fruits, forest floor and spring flowers, excellent richness, purity and texture in this medium to full-bodied wine are impressive. Soft tannins and silkiness typify Stags Leap, but there is a complexity and richness as well. Kudos to the Terlato family who own this winery and have certainly improved the quality dramatically.Author: Robert Parker
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 69 bottles owned
- 45 collectors