S.L.V., also known as Stag’s Leap Vineyards, achieved international fame when the 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon won against some of France’s greatest wines in a 1976 blind tasting known as the “Judgment of Paris.” For this wine the primary blocks were 2A, 3A, 1A, 3B and S.L.V. Block 4 – the “grande dame” of the vineyard – which was planted in 1972. These vines along with blocks on the eastern side of S.L.V., characterized by their fire-borne volcanic soils, give this wine its structure and sense of minerality along with concentrated dark fruit flavors and ripe, elegant tannins. Vines in alluvial soils in the western part of the vineyard add vibrant fruit accent notes and heady aromatics.
The Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 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 our Stag's Leap WIne Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon with Dirty Rice and Andouille Sausage, Birria Beef Tacos, or Mushroom Ravioli with Arrabiata Sauce.
Varietal Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellations: Napa Valley
Sub Appellations: Stag's Leap District
Ratings: 95-97 (Barrel), Wine Advocate, February 2021
Bottle Size: 750ml