Wine & Spirits 96 points - Impressive, with a rich, juicy core of black currant, blackberry, dusty earth and savory underbrush, giving this an expansive, well-focused range of flavors. Drink now through 2028.-J.L.
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Estate Grown possesses a complex bouquet of raspberries, blueberries, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers, abundant richness, and a medium to full-bodied, graceful mouthfeel with everything in perfect harmony. It exhibits gorgeous fruit, a complex personality, full body and terrific elegance and finesse. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035.
The legendary Stag's Leap Wine Cellars began, back in 1969, when Warren Winiarski tasted Nathan Fay's 1968 homemade cab. What Winiarski tasted was a classic combination of fruit and structure, suppleness and balance. In 1986 Nathan Fay offered to sell his inspiring vineyard to the Winiarskis and in his honor they called it "Fay." Still classic, the 2004 vintage of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Fay" Cabernet Sauvignon has an evocative perfume, heavy with violets, dark cherry and licorice. As the wine opens, flavors of plum, chocolate and candied ginger combine with earthy notes of sandalwood and tobacco. Soft tannins and a silky mouthfeel are this wine's calling card, making it easy to enjoy in its youth and a true delight to those willing to hold it.
|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."