Stags Leap is the smallest AVA in Napa but has loomed large in wine-lovers’ minds ever since Warren Winiarski’s Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 1973 shocked the wine world by beating out the best of Bordeaux in the legendary “Judgement of Paris” tasting in 1976. Cliff Lede has specialized in Stags Leap wines since 2002, delivering all of the region’s signature ripeness in a big, rich, even flamboyant style. Whether you’re looking for a great steak wine tonight, a gift bottle to impress, or something to stash in the cellar for a decade-plus, you won’t find a sub-$100 Stags Leap Cabernet that can touch it!
“This wine substantially overdelivers on its price point, presenting a dark fruit profile, generous tannin and oak, and an expansive full-bodied style. Blended with 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, it is approachable while never forgetting its structured, complex roots.”
“Lots of ripe black fruit, chocolate, spiced oak and vanilla. Some crushed stone and wet earth, too. Full-bodied and youthful with compact, chewy tannins and bright acidity. Juicy and delicate. Long finish.”
“I loved the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, and readers looking for a great Napa Valley Cabernet under $100 shouldn't hesitate. Deep purple-hued, with classic Cabernet dark red and black fruits, leafy tobacco, chocolate, and graphite, it's medium to full-bodied, has a pure, elegant mouthfeel, integrated acidity, and polished tannins. It's already impossible to resist yet will cruise for 10-15 years in cold cellars.”
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