Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (750 ml)

  • RP: 95
  • JS: 94
  • WS: 92

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

S.L.V., also known as Stag's Leap Vineyards, is the winery's first vineyard. Planted in 1970, this vineyard achieved international fame when three-year old vines from the 1973 harvest produced a wine that stunned the wine world when it bested some of France’s greatest wines in a 1976 blind tasting known as the "Judgment of Paris." Today, this history-making vineyard continues to produce wines with layers of complexity, spicy intensity and excellent structure—promising long life and ageability.

The 2017 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon offers generous aromas of dark chocolate, graphite, truffle, dried fig and a lovely touch of violet. Rich and refined on the mid-palate, the wine has a long and well-structured finish with a dusty cocoa powder note. The tannin structure, rich dark fruit, and pleasing minerality point to this wine’s ability to age. Enjoy with Moroccan-spiced Shrimp over sweet potato mash, grilled buffalo burgers with caramelized onions & Havarti cheese or baked chicken with hazelnut Mole sauce.

Critic Ratings

Wine Spectator Review - Issue Nov 15, 2020 - Rated 92:
Compact, with a juicy core of blackberry and black currant fruit waiting to unwind. When it does, this will have lively licorice snap and singed apple wood notes. There's a subtle violet hint in the background to add some grace, but this has a nice sense of power overall. Best from 2021 through 2032. 2,096 cases made. — JM

Robert Parker Wine Advocate Review - Published 31st Oct 2019 - Rated 95:
A barrel sample, the very deep purple-black colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. leaps from glass with baked black plums, blackberry pie and black currant cordial notes plus hints of wild sage, charcuterie, tapenade and tree bark. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, the rock solid foundation well frames the broody black fruit and it finishes earthy. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

James Suckling Review - Published January 27, 2021 - Rated 94:
This leads with blackcurrants, stewed blackberries, eucalyptus and cloves. Some dried violets, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins. Very well integrated. Lovely ripe fruit and sweet spices on the finish. Delicious. Drink or hold.

Winery Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Country United States
Region Napa ValleyCalifornia
Year 2017
Grape Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750 ML
ABV 14.8%
Wine Style Red Wine

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