Less jammy and forward than the '04 Elevage, but more closed and tannic than the winery's regular 2005 Cabernet, this Bordeaux blend really needs time to show its stuff. It has obviously deep and impressive currant and blackberry flavors, but the tannins are significant. *Cellar Selection*
Their blend, the 2005 Proprietary Red Elevage, which is obviously composed of Bordeaux varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot (I don’t think any Cabernet Franc is in it), has a slightly denser ruby/purple color. The aromatics of blue, red and black fruits, forest floor and spring flowers, excellent richness, purity and texture in this medium to full-bodied wine are impressive. Soft tannins and silkiness typify Stags Leap, but there is a complexity and richness as well. Kudos to the Terlato family who own this winery and have certainly improved the quality dramatically. (RP)
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