In a nutshell: A magnum of a voluptuous, richly textured and full bodied Californian Cabernet Sauvignon from a world famous winery.
The lowdown: Stag's Leap are regarded as a Napa Valley 'first-growth' estate producing world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignon of high quality year in year out. It was this estate's 1973 Cabernet that won the now famous 1976 'Judgement of Paris' tasting. In fact Artemis has a very small amount of Merlot and Malbec skilfully blended in for additional complexity. With aromas of black cherry and plum with hints of vanilla it's a pleasingly fruity Cabernet with good spicy and earthy notes that make for good drinking younger than many comparable wines.
When to drink: Perfect with things like grilled sirloin and short braised ribs.
Notable as the Californian winery that won the Cabernet Sauvignon competition known as the Judgment of Paris, thus placing them ahead of the best Bordeaux had to offer, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars have since been considered as Napa Valley's 'First Growth' estate.
The winery itself is situated in Silverado in the heart of the Napa Valley north of San Francisco and their vineyards are in, what is known today as, the Stag's Leap District Appellation. Their most famous wine is 'Cask 23' which is made only select vintages and fetches quite eye watering prices which makes their 'First Growth' moniker quite appropriate.
The winery was founded by Warren Winiarski in 1972 after he had learned his trade under Robert Mondavi and success soon followed with the 1976 Paris tasting. In the intervening years ownership has passed to a joint venture between Chateau Ste Michelle and Tuscany's Marchesi Antinori.
The estate's winemaker since 2013 has been Marcus Notaro who, prior to moving to Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, made a name for himself at Col Solare in washington State. Having been at Stag's Leap for several years Marcus understands the winemaking philosophy here very well and it was his ability to express both the terroir and varietal character of the grapes that makes him well suited to keeping Stag's Leap Wine Cellars at the forefront of Californian winemaking.