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Producer profile: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Last year, in the 50th anniversary of its founding, Matthew Luczy recounts how one of Napa Valley's brightest stars found early fame as one of California's great Cabernet Sauvignon producers. See a selection of Matthew's tasting notes as well as a new vertical of SLV Cabernet Sauvignon recently tasted and rated by Clare Tooley MW.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars went from not existing to taking top red wine honours at the 1976 Judgement of Paris in little more than five years. A few ‘perfect-storm’ factors helped, as well as more than a bit of luck, but it was a stunning achievement all the same.

As the winery celebrates its golden anniversary in 2020, it is impressive to realise that 47 of those 50 years have passed after they harvested the 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon – a wine that changed the game not only for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars itself, but for winemaking in California as a whole and, to some degree, the entire wine world.

Scroll down to see a selection of Stag’s Leap tasting notes by Matthew Luczy as well as a those for a new vertical of SLV Cabernet Sauvignon spanning the years 2018, 2015, 2013, 2003, 1993 and 1987 by Claire Tooley MW

New releases & older gems: 14 wines rated

Wines are listed in colour and style order by vintage and include a new six-wine vertical of SLV Cabernet Sauvignon by Clare Tooley MW

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