Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

$239.99

97+ Points Parker - limited                                    The top Cabernet from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, the Cask 23 is their most limited wine. 97+ Points Robert Parker:  "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 is concentrated, with beautiful blue, red and black fruits, spring flowers, a touch of toasty oak, relatively noticeable tannin and a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel. This is coiled tight compared to the 2012, but has fabulous upside potential. Forget it for another 3-4 years and drink it over the following 25-30 years.." 96 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous):  "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon CASK 23 is another total knock-out from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Sculpted and nuanced, the 2013 presents a striking mélange of typical Stags Leap notes. Violets, lavender, mint, cloves, graphite and dark spice are some of the signatures in a Cabernet that achieves a compelling balance of power, finesse and overall intensity. This tightly coiled Cabernet is going to need a few years to fully come together, but it is terrific and a great example of what Stags Leap Cabernets are all about. New owner Chateau Ste. Michelle, along with minority partner Antinori, has done a magnificent job with these 2013s. In fact, the wines are so brilliant and such a significant departure from the past that I tasted through the range twice. New winemaker Marcus Notaro has introduced a more contemporary, fruit-driven style at Stag's Leap. More importantly, these 2013s show none of the flaws that marred some wines in the past. Needless to say, it will be fascinating to see where things go, but one thing is clear; the three flagship Cabernets are all fabulous."

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Ratings on Delectable

Sarah Milsow-Guenther

Stunning. Still a small amount of tannins left. Lots of fruit. So good. This one could still hold for some time.

Stunning. Still a small amount of tannins left. Lots of fruit. So good. This one could still hold for some time.

9.4

Kyle Volluz

Just what you would expect.....

Just what you would expect.....

9.0

Jim Pinkerton

Dark fruits. Spicy at the finish. Silky texture.

Dark fruits. Spicy at the finish. Silky texture.

9.2

Alan Viader

Great aromatics, sexy and intriguing nose. Licorice with layers of herbs and spices. Tight grained tannins. Needs 5+ years.

Great aromatics, sexy and intriguing nose. Licorice with layers of herbs and spices. Tight grained tannins. Needs 5+ years.

9.5

Chris Madrid

Impressive

Impressive

9.2

Eva Wu

Still one of my fav this year

Still one of my fav this year

9.4

Adam Nesto

Great cab. Definitely one of the top young cabs to drink. Opens up with dark berries after a few minutes in the glass. Beautiful tasting venue at Stags Leap Wine Cellars

Great cab. Definitely one of the top young cabs to drink. Opens up with dark berries after a few minutes in the glass. Beautiful tasting venue at Stags Leap Wine Cellars

9.3

Loren Judah

Ridiculously smooth and full of dark berry notes like Blackberry and Blueberry with some pepper tossed in for good measure. A subtly dry wood cask finish rounds out the body. Best friends with steak or a nice dark chocolate. Smooth and dreamy.

Ridiculously smooth and full of dark berry notes like Blackberry and Blueberry with some pepper tossed in for good measure. A subtly dry wood cask finish rounds out the body. Best friends with steak or a nice dark chocolate. Smooth and dreamy.

9.2

Julie Sigler

Boppy lounger special - compliments of uncle stacks!!!

Boppy lounger special - compliments of uncle stacks!!!

9.6

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