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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars “Fay” Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Napa Valley, USA


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    WE 95 W&S 95 RPWA 94 DEC 94
    JS 93 WS 92 CT 90

Grape Variety
98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.5% Cabernet Franc


Winemaker Notes:
This FAY Cabernet Sauvignon offers bright red fruit aromas along with notes of black tea, olive, and baking spices. The wine has a balanced mouthfeel with a nice concentration of berry fruit on the mid-palate that leads to a cinnamon and spice finish. This bottling is richer than past vintages as is characteristic of the vintage.

Food Pairing:
Try pairing this estate-grown Cabernet with citrus and roasted beet salad with goat cheese, soy-glazed salmon, or Pork Milanese.

The TEXSOM International Wine Awards: Bronze Medal


  • 95 Wine Enthusiast

    “From the historic site where Stag’s Leap first began, this is nearly 100% varietal, with just 1.5% Cabernet Franc. It delivers a lifted, floral character dipped in tangy red fruit. The tannins are pillowy and supple, with a structure will last. *Cellar Seletion* (VB)” (12/2020)

  • 95 Wine & Spirits

    As Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars sets out to celebrate its 50th anniversary, this vintage of Fay Cabernet may be the best wine I’ve tasted from that historic vineyard—the site and the wine that initially convinced Warren Winiarski to purchase the rocky hillside next to Nathan Fay’s vineyard… Fay is the elegant beauty. There’s nothing pushy or potent about its complexity, just a waterfall of minerals and fruits that seems to continue long after each taste. It would be hard not to fall in love with this wine’s svelte refinement. Open a bottle and let it lift your mood. (JG) (10/2020)

  • 94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)

    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard is very deep purple-black colored with bold black fruit notions of blackberries, black plums and warm black currants plus hints of camphor, cedar chest and charcoal with a waft of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied with a firm, grainy frame and just enough freshness, it has a good core of fruit with plenty of savory accents on the finish. (1st November, 2019)

  • 94 Decanter

    “This fruit produces a beautiful, red-fruited and perfumed expression. Aromas of underbrush and toffee meld into a dense but lifted, multi-layered palate with flavours of bramble and cassis. About 2% of Cabernet Franc rounds out the blend. Drinking Window 2020 – 2040” (7/2020)

  • 93 James Suckling

    An aromatic red with currants and blackberries, as well as roses, following through to a full body with round tannins and a savory finish. Hard not to drink now, but better in 2021.

  • 92 Wine Spectator

    Nicely vivid, with a racy beam of cassis and blackberry purees running through, with light alder, bay, mineral and iron notes along the edges. Stays very focused through the streamlined finish. Elegant, especially in this vintage. Drink now through 2032.

  • 90 CellarTracker

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