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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars “SLV” Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Napa Valley, USA


In stock

    WE 97 JS 97 RPTW 95-97
    WS 94

Grape Variety
100% Cabernet Sauvignon


Winemaker’s Notes:
The 2018 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon has generous aromas of violet, plum dark fruit, cocoa dust and graphite. On the palate the wine has a rich, gravelly structure with pure fruit, dusty tannins and a long, savory finish. The tannin structure, dark fruit, and pleasing minerality point to this wine’s ability to age.


  • 97 Wine Enthusiast

    “Another outstanding vintage for this vineyard-designate standout from the famously historic producer, the estategrown wine is herbal and elegantly fruity in dark cherry, dried herb and cocoa dust. An earthy under current of dusty tannin and toasted oak add contours of savory complexity that will withstand further aging; enjoy best from 2028 through 2038. Cellar Selection. (VB) “(10/2021)

  • 97 James Suckling

    This is one of the best SLVs I have tasted with total balance and structure that highlights what was possible in 2018. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and poised, with layer upon layer of fine tannins that give depth and beauty to this young red. Blackcurrant, blueberry and floral flavors. Tight at the end. Needs until 2025 to really show what it has.

  • 95-97 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)

    The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V., a barrel sample, reveals a deep garnet-purple color and expressive notions of blackberry preserves, black cherry coulis and warm cassis with suggestions of eucalyptus, dark chocolate, lavender and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tightly wound with black fruit and savory layers, supported by a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and lifted.

  • 94 Wine Spectator

    Polished and open at first, showing a fan-friendly set of creamed plum and warmed cassis flavors, laced with melted licorice and sweet toast accents. Features alder and warm earth hints that check in on the finish, adding extra range and length while giving the fruit a grounded feel in the end. Very solidly built. Drink now through 2038.

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