Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (750 ml)

2 reviews
  • WE: 97
  • RP: 97
  • WS: 94

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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 2018 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon has generous aromas of violet, plum dark fruit, cocoa dust and graphite. On the palate the wine has a rich, gravelly structure with pure fruit, dusty tannins and a long, savory finish. The tannin structure, dark fruit, and pleasing minerality point to this wine’s ability to age.

Enjoy with Dirty Rice and Andouille Sausage, Birria Beef Tacos, or Mushroom Ravioli with Arrabiata Sauce.

Critic Ratings

Wine Spectator Review - Issue Mar 31, 2022 - Rated 94:
Polished and open at first, showing a fan-friendly set of creamed plum and warmed cassis flavors, laced with melted licorice and sweet toast accents. Features alder and warm earth hints that check in on the finish, adding extra range and length while giving the fruit a grounded feel in the end. Very solidly built. Drink now through 2038. 2,750 cases made. — JM

Wine Enthusiast Review - Published 12/1/2021 - Rated 97:
Another outstanding vintage for this vineyard-designate standout from the famously historic producer, the estate-grown wine is herbal and elegantly fruity in dark cherry, dried herb and cocoa dust. An earthy under current of dusty tannin and toasted oak add contours of savory complexity that will withstand further aging; enjoy best from 2028 through 2038. VIRGINIE BOONE

Robert Parker Wine Advocate Review - Published 26th Feb 2021 - Rated 97:
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V., a barrel sample, reveals a deep garnet-purple color and expressive notions of blackberry preserves, black cherry coulis and warm cassis with suggestions of eucalyptus, dark chocolate, lavender and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tightly wound with black fruit and savory layers, supported by a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and lifted. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Winery Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Country United States
Region Napa ValleyCalifornia
Year 2018
Grape Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750 ML
ABV 15%
Wine Style Red Wine

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