2017 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'SLV' Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 95WA Single-Vineyard Cabernet
  • Napa Icon, Trendsetter
  • Tiny Production, Extremely Limited
  • 1976 Judgment of Paris Winner
  • Critically Acclaimed Estate
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About the Wine

Aging: 21 months, 100% new French oak

Tasting Notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 

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.

Reviews

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~93-95 Wine Advocate

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. ~94 James Suckling

Warren Winiarski planted the SLV Vineyard in 1970 and just three years later produced the wine that would infamously go on to triumph over the other lauded reds in the 1976 Judgement of Paris. This site produces a more punchy, weighty Cabernet than that of the Fay vineyard next door. It’s sappy, brambly, and pointed on the nose, displaying the warmth of the 2017 vintage. The palate is black-fruited, with dusty tannins and a long, dry finish. Decidedly ripe but retains a classic firm structure. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040 ~93 Decanter

The rocky hillside soils of S.L.V. produced a dark and savory cabernet in 2017, with peppery intensity that feels driven by alcohol at first. Then, as it settles and integrates, the alcohol becomes part of the dynamic whole, layered into the tannins to highlight their dark chocolate succulence. It’s generous with blackberry fruit that still carries its youthful grapiness, structured to age and evolve over the next ten years. ~93 Wine & Spirits

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