Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, $45.99-$54.99, 91+ points, appeared opaque, but the colors were a complexity of rich black currant purple/reds with hints of maroon, a leggy glass wall, and a thin transparent rim.
More aromatic than the 2010, but certainly not overly noteworthy, with hints of black cherry, tobacco, and candied violets being lovely, yet subtle.
Medium-plus bodied with good acidity and moderately layered tannin made for a young wine ready to drink now.
More fruit-forward than the 2010, with cherry, boysenberry, black currant, cedar, and violets presented as well balanced and quite tasty.
Finished on red licorice, gentle spice notes, and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
This post was instigated by: Vinsanity and the history of Stag's Leap District AVA
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