Friday, December 16, 2016

Stags' Leap Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags' Leap Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $42.49-$59.99, 93 points, poured almost core black grading burgundy purple/red toward the leggy glass wall and clear wine ring.
Aromas of fall leaves, sandalwood, cedar, and blackberries with hints of chocolate and black currants were delightful.
This smooth near full-bodied Cab with good acidity and firm/fine tannins supported flavors that mirrored the aromas plus a kiss of black cherry and cola.
Finished long on the trailing palate, anise, plum, warm spices and a most reasonable 14.1% alcohol.
Stags' Leap was a good pairing with my spaghetti and meatballs.


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  1. It does make me chuckle a little when a "reasonable" alcohol, nowadays, is 14.1% :)

    1. VG: Yeah, I always think of you when I see levels of alcohol that exceed 13%, but just think, one of my favorite Cabs, Groth Cabs, all I've tasted, I'm thinking six, had an alcohol level of from 14.5 to 14.9, and an interesting trivia, the 1973 Stag's Leap Cellars S.L.V. (winner of the red wines in 1976 Paris) had the exact 14.1% alcohol level as did the wine reviewed here.

  2. That's an interesting little factoid about the 1973 ABV - thank you.

    1. VG: You always are the educator; it I that thanks you.