stag's leap wine cellars, cask 23, napa valley 2016
JAMES SUCKLING
95
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98

2016 stag's leap wine cellars, cask 23, napa valley

Why We're Buying

Two vineyards are better than one. That’s the logic behind Stag’s Leap Wine Cask 23, which utilizes the best fruit from its Fay and SLV vineyards. Aged in French oak barrels for 20 months, the Cabernet Sauvignon offers multilayered flavors, rich aromatics, and extensive aging potential.

Critics Scores

JAMES SUCKLING
95

James Suckling

Shows extremely complex aromas of blackberries and currants with pine needles and black olives. Subtle, yet complete on the nose. Full body, extremely fine tannins and good balance. Very long and caressing on the finish. Goes on for a long time. Better after 2021.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The deep purple-black colored barrel sample of 2016 Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon features compelling, youthful notes of freshly crushed red and black currants, black cherries, kirsch and mocha with nuances of Marmite toast, roasted nuts, underbrush and truffles. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a very firm frame of super ripe tannins supporting the multilayered flavors, finishing on an epically long, lingering fragrant earth note. Beautiful.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

This gorgeous wine combines the best of two historic vineyards—Fay and S.L.V.—into one cohesive, refined whole. A soft entry of woody spice and toasted oak leads the way to an expansive midpalate of currant, crushed rock, dried herb and elegant tannins begging for further time in the bottle. Enjoy 2026–2036.

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

Well-detailed, with a deep, solidly built core of currant, blackberry, bramble and apple wood notes, showing good energy through the richly layered finish. Youthful, but slowly takes on a more seductive feel as this airs in the glass. Best from 2022 through 2035.

VINOUS
95

Vinous

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 is powerful and savory in the glass, with tons of both aromatic nuance and supporting structure that give the wine gravitas as well as a very clear sense of direction. The plum, blackberry jam, grilled herb, lavender and dark spice notes are all very finely drawn in this big but polished Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.