A truly magnificent Cab shows fine form in its 12th year after release

What could be a better pair for Christmas dinner than this wonderful red? Very few could be as perfect. One can imagine the Whos’ enjoying this with their roast beast and perhaps it was a pairing like this that grew the Grinch’s heart three sizes that day.


The Cask 23 Cabernet is a blend of grapes sourced from thier Fay and S.L.V. estate vineyards. Although these vineyards are within a very short distance of each other, due to their differing soil types, each vineyard produces distinct flavor profiles. The S.L.V vineyard has predominately volcanic soil and creates Bordeaux like flavors while the Fay vineyards alluvial soils create more traditional California style flavors namely big, bold, and fruit forward. Blending the products of these vineyards produces an amazingly big but nuanced wine that has been a favorite for many years.


1998 Stags Leap Cask 23 Estate Cabernet

DdV: 97
Price: $150.00
Blend: 93.5 % Cabernet, 4.1% Merlot, 2.4% Petit Verdot
Source: Stags Leap District – Napa Valley

One of our cellar favorites! On the nose dark currant, dark berry and sandlewood greet. Mid is elegantly nuanced with dark berry, black strawberry, and plum. Finish is long with hits of minerals, licorice, spice and cigar box cedar. Perfect with beef or grilled steak dishes or all by itself. Another great effort by the folks at the historic Stags Leap Winery!