Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, S.L.V., Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (Napa Valley, CA)
Producer Notes: The 2019 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon offers generous dark fruit aromas of black currant, plum and candied fig along with cocoa dust. On the palate the wine has dense, yet polished, tannins that meld with layers of dark fruit, fig and violet. The tannin structure, dark fruit, and pleasing minerality point to this wine’s ability to age.
James Suckling, 96 Points: Deep yet floral nose with pure cassis, blackberry and blueberry concentrate, as well as hints of sandalwood and pine. Quite ample on the palate, laden with velvety tannins in a mealy form. Rich and primary, yet juicy and supple. Densely packed.
The Wine Advocate, 95 Points: The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. features perfumed aromas of violets and cassis. It's medium to full-bodied on the palate, nicely elegant while being powerful and sturdy at the same time. No, it's not made in a modern, blockbuster style, but it's true to its heritage, with subtle herb shadings and a long, silky finish. Best After 2024.
Jeb Dunnuck, 95 Points: Pure creme de cassis, violets, and lead pencil shaving nuances emerge from the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V., a concentrated, structured, almost austere 2019 that has terrific balance as well as a great mid-palate. Possessing youthful tannins and remarkable purity of fruit, this ultra-classic, flawlessly put together Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 20-25 years. Count me impressed – this is brilliant juice.
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