1994 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars - Cabernet Sauvignon Fay 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

There's lots to admire in this Cab, with its core of currant, anise, cedar, sage and black olive flavors, and tannins that are firm but supple. Rich and concentrated, it's marked by more substance, depth and tannin than is the SLV bottling, if not as concentrated as the Cask 23.

Drink Dates: 1999-2003
Author: James Laube

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

The 1994s were much more impressive when tasted last year. At present, they reveal similar degrees of tart acidity, although this component is not quite as pronounced. Surprisingly, the PH levels must be in the 3.4 range, which is very low by the standards of the world's greatest Merlots and Cabernets. The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard offers up a sweet, tobacco, coffee, spicy, herbal nose, followed by elegant, fruitcake, medium-bodied redcurrant flavors with a subtle hint of black fruits. The wine is round, with tangy acidity, but not the abrasive levels of tartness found in some of the other reds. The finish reveals good structure, purity, and tannin. This wine should drink well for 10-12 years. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars red wines have always been among my favorites, but I was surprised by the pronounced level of tart acidity found in the 1994s and 1995s. High acidity, together with a low PH, causes a wine's texture to become compressed. The result is a wine that tastes too compact and lean. The 1994s and 1995s possess excellent to outstanding raw materials, but can these two vintages signal a change in the winemaking philosophy at Stag's Leap? I hope not. I have been a consistent fan of previous vintages of these red wines, and I have noted in these pages the progress being made with the whites. However, it appears a different stylistic direction has been implemented. This is especially apparent in 1995 and 1994, and to a lesser extent in 1993. Lamentably, the wines come across as more narrowly focused and compact on the palate, and because of that, they give the impression of having less intensity, flesh, and richness. I hope my judgments are proven incorrect.

Drink Dates: 1996-2008
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 108

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Average rating: 91, based on 2 reviews
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287 bottles owned by 128 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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