Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $33,65-$54.99, 90 points, appeared opaque trending dark ruby toward a nearly creamy purple/red up to the clear rim.
The reticent aroma of subtle red and black cherry needed considerable teasing.
Medium-plus body carried fair acid and moderate, but persistent and accelerating tannin.
More an easy drinking boysenberry flavor than big currant, but subtle licorice lead toward a more powerful finish of spice, tobacco, and eucalyptus, with just a hint of the well integrated 13.5% alcohol.
I can understand why some, with just a cursory tasting, would not be enamored with this less than fruity red wine, but with the delicious flavors, good texture, and complex finish, Artemis grew on me, and as where many other Cabernets would decline in my judgment while getting acquainted, this one increased with the time I spent drinking it (caveat emptor-WS-83 points).
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