Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2013 Hands of Time Red, Napa Valley
Here's a succulent blend from the Stag's Leap. Along a shady walkway on the grounds of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars one comes across a succession of limestone plaques, each bearing a hand-print. These handprints comprise the Hands of Time exhibit, an enduring tribute to the many people who contributed to the winery's history over the years and who have gone on to become celebrated winemakers and viticulturists in their own right. This wine is named for that exhibit. A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Merlot aged 17 months in French oak. 2013 was one of the best vintages Napa Valley has ever seen. Grape blocks all ripened evenly bringing out the best characters for each lot. The winery uses all of their resources for this wine including estate grapes from SLV and Fay as well as grapes they source for Artemis. There's no mistaking that it has pedigree as soon as you take in the bouquet with its aromas of ripe, crushed wild berries and cocoa. The palate is loaded with blackberry, plum and dark cherry flavors along with hints of dried herb. The wine has a full, yet structured mouthfeel with soft tannins and a lingering finish. A second wine you'll be proud to enjoy while your big guns are aging gently in the cellar.
Good job by Stag's Leap in keeping the quality and integrity of their juice on high with a value wine like this. It's like a Rosso compared to a Brunello di Montalcino, this one is ready to drink now and you can enjoy it while waiting for your Artemis, Fay and Cask 23 to age