Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "CASK 23" Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
(Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California) - [WA 94]

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About the Winery:
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, notably known for being the winery that won the Cabernet Sauvignon competition in the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris, was founded in 1970, and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate.

"Our signature style has often been described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove,” a reference to the artful balance between ripeness and restraint, softness and structure, that yields Napa Valley wines of exceptional beauty and long life. Achieving that style requires a level of attention to detail found only among the world’s best and most dedicated wine producers."

About this Wine

The story of CASK 23 began during the harvest of 1974. Back then, the winery enlisted the help of celebrated winemaker André Tchelistcheff. As he tasted through various lots of new wines from that year, one lot from S.L.V. was so beautiful and deliciously distinct the winery decided it should be bottled separately. It was named CASK 23 for the large wooden cask in which it was aged. Today, the wine is a blend of the most distinctive fruit from the S.L.V and FAY vineyards, resulting in a wine of extraordinary depth and richness balanced by restraint. Over the years, CASK 23 has become one of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide.

Notes from the Winemaker:

"We are proud to announce the release of our 1984 Cabernet Sauvignon, SLV, Cask Twenty-Three. The Cask Twenty-Three designation is reserved for vintages of exceptional merit.

In 1984, rains ceased by the end of February and mild weather brought the vines out of dormancy weeks ahead of schedule, Extremely warm summer days hastened ripening, and the harvest began two or three weeks early. The early bud break actually allowed the fruit to stay on the parent vine for a normal length of time. This meant that there was no premature separation of fruit and nourishing vine, allowing the grapes to go through a normal evolution. There were no early fall showers, and the fruit."

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

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The opaque, plum/purple color suggests considerable concentration. The lavishly rich, intense nose of fruitcake, chocolate, cedar, herbs hickory smoke, soy, and cassis is fabulous. Full-bodied, rich, expansive, and amazingly supple, this silky-textured wine has exceptional finesse and succulence. It is made in the classic Cask 23 style - thrilling, velvety-textured, and complex. It should drink well for 10-15+ years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (August 1994)