2015 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine not just get to the point!

Rating: 4.25 outta 5
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From: California; Napa

Grapes: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot

Cost: $50

Alcohol: 14.5%

Taste: Soft yet complex. There is a subtle power in this one. The nose hints at fruit and herb. The flavor is blue, dark and spicy. Maybe cherry or blackberry. It lingers in a very soft and pleasant way. Delicious.

Other Stuff:  If you’ve played my Presidential Tasting Game—and why wouldn’t you—you’ll understand what I mean when I say this wine is like George Washington. It’s an icon. It manages to be both subtle and have an irresistible presence at the same time.

This needs a little time to open up. I decanted and then tried at 30 minutes, then one hour, and at about 2 hours it was wonderful. Plus, it was amazing with the ribeye steaks from the local butcher.

When I told Steven Spurrier that I had a few bottles of Stag’s Leap Cab that I was saving for my kids, he said … “Not the 1973” … Well …  of course not, but these 2015s do the trick for me (and my wallet) and I can’t wait to share a bottle with my sons in 8 years.