Odette's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is absolutely gorgeous. A rush of black cherry, plum, mint, lavender, pine and white flowers infuses the 2017 with tons of character as well as nuance. Lush and intense with tremendous richness, the 2017 is one of the very best wines I have tasted here. It is rich and flamboyant in style, as these wines are, but is also one of the most impressive and distinctive expressions of Stags Leap I have tasted here since the debut 2013 vintage. The 2017 is a terrific expression of this site. (AG)
Starting with the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, it reveals a saturated purple color as well as a big, sexy bouquet of blue and black fruits, melted licorice, smoke tobacco, and graphite. Ripe, full-bodied, and just loaded with fruit, it has impressive phenolics as well as ripe, sweet tannins, a fleshy, nicely concentrated mid-palate, and a great finish.
Blended with 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is deep garnet-purple in color with black forest cake, Indian spices, menthol and black currant preserves notes plus hints of fruit cake, dusty soil, incense and black olives with a touch of chargrill. The palate is full-bodied, firm and chewy with good fruit concentration and expression, finishing long and spicy. This has plush tannins—well-managed! (LPB)
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