Wine & Spirits 95
"As Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars sets out to celebrate its 50th anniversary, this vintage of Fay cabernet may be the best wine I’ve tasted from that historic vineyard—the site and the wine that initially convinced Warren Winiarski to purchase the rocky hillside next to Nathan Fay’s vineyard. The soils at Fay are alluvial, remnants of an ancient riverbed, unlike the rock that eroded off the Stags Leap Escarpment and collected at the base of the hill at S.L.V., Winiarski’s original vineyard. In 2017, Fay is the elegant beauty. There’s nothing pushy or potent about its complexity, just a waterfall of minerals and fruits that seems to continue long after each taste. It would be hard not to fall in love with this wine’s svelte refinement. Open a bottle and let it lift your mood."
Wine Advocate 94
"A barrel sample of 98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.5% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard is very deep purple-black colored with bold black fruit notions of blackberries, black plums and warm black currants plus hints of camphor, cedar chest and charcoal with a waft of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied with a firm, grainy frame and just enough freshness, it has a good core of fruit with plenty of savory accents on the finish. Rating: 92-94"
"Nathan Fay’s 1968 Cabernet from this plot lit the fire for Warren Winiarski’s purchase of the adjoining land, which would go on to become Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Then in 1986 Winiarski bought Fay Vineyard and immediately replanted, making 1990 the first vintage under Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ ownership. This fruit produces a beautiful, red-fruited and perfumed expression. Aromas of underbrush, cigar box and toffee meld into a dense but lifted, multi-layered palate with flavours of bramble, cassis and cigar smoke. About 2% of Cabernet Franc rounds out the blend. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040"
The 2017 Fay Cabernet Sauvignon has inviting aromas of ripe berries, figs, plums, candied cherries, strawberry preserves, and a touch of a jasmine perfume. The wine has a bright and lively entry and mid-palate, which is nicely-balanced with rich polished tannins and cherry pie aftertaste.
Try pairing this estate-grown Cabernet with citrus and roasted beet salad with goat cheese, soy-glazed salmon, or Pork Milanese.
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The story of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is now legendary. Founded in 1970, the winery was thrust into the spotlight when a bottle of the 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stag's Leap Vineyard won the now-famous 1976 Paris Tasting, besting some of France's greatest wines. The historic tasting, which has become known as the Judgment of Paris, fundamentally transformed how California wines were viewed worldwide. And the stunning victory over renowned wines of Bordeaux launched Stag's Leap Wine Cellars into the ranks of the world's most noteworthy Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Over the years, the wines of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide.
The winery is also recognized for its Napa Valley Collection of wines including ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon and KARIA Chardonnay. Estate fruit combines with grapes from other distinctive sites , adding layers of flavors and complexity. Together, they create wines that express the regional character of Napa Valley with the signature style of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. It's an approach that results in wines of lush fruit balanced by extraordinary structure and elegance.