Stags Leap is the go-to source for “iron fist in a velvet glove” Cabernet Sauvignon and Martin Ray doesn’t pull any punches. There is so much quality for the price point here. Sourced from a collection of tiny vineyard blocks, all carefully planted to optimize sun exposure and ripening, this is filled with ripe, juicy raspberry, vibrant cherry, a hint of tea and pepper on the finish. Lovely and intense now, but better get a second bottle to tuck away for a year or two.
A dense, layered red with blueberry, dark-chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied and tight with wet-earth, forest-floor and cedar undertones. Flavorful and very long. Needs time to open. Try after 2023.