Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $42.95-$56.99, 94 points, poured the blackest of this year's cabs tasted, but toward the clear wine ring, it transitioned to a crushed black currant purple/red.
Subtle aromas of plumb, cedar, coffee, tobacco, oak, savory, and lavender were remarkable.
Full-bodied with good acidity, firm grainy tannin, and complex flavors reflective of the aromas with massive amounts of black fruit.
Finished forever long on blackberry cordial, hot spices, anise, and a warm 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with a spiced rubbed rib-eye steak and cheese ravioli in tomato sauce.
Of the four vintages tasted, the 2012 just may be the best!
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