Wine Enthusiast: Supple and generous are just a few words that begin to describe this delicious 100% Cabernet. The tannins are gentle, the acidity soft but supportive of the structure, and as for the flavors, they go beyond satisfaction into sheer delight. They include blackberries, cherries, blueberries, currants, mocha and red licorice, but the wine has an earthiness and minerality that give it true complexity. This is Stag’s Leap most accessible 2009 Cabernet, easily deserving its high score for sheer delight. Drink now-2015.
In 1986, Nathan offered to sell his vineyard to the Winiarski family. In his honor, the vineyard was named FAY. By the time we acquired the vineyard, many of the vines were nearly a quarter-century old and nearing the end of their best growing years. We embarked on an ambitious replanting program, experimenting with rootstocks, row orientation, and trellising to attain optimal expression of the terroir. Our replanting efforts are now fully realized and all vineyard blocks are in production. Vineyard blocks on the eastern slope, closest to the Palisades, contribute structural components derived from the volcanic soils there, while the more aromatic components come from the vineyard blocks on the western alluvial upland. When blended together, we achieve the classic expression of "an iron fist in a velvet glove."