Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has a long and distinguished wine reputation and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate. Best known for the estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons—CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, these wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown.
Founded in 1970, it was a time when the Napa Valley was undergoing a renaissance after the devastating effects of prohibition. Although there had once been some 140 wineries in the valley, there were fewer than 20 by the mid-1960s when a new spirit of excitement had returned to the Napa Valley.
Beginning with the 2011 vintage of S.L.V. and FAY Estate Cabernet Sauvignons and 2012 vintage CASK 23, a bubble code security system has been added to each bottle. To verify the wine’s authenticity, each bubble tag has both a unique bubble pattern and ID code. The seal is affixed to both the glass and the capsule, and cannot be removed without visibly damaging the capsule. This additional layer of security is part of our commitment to exceptional and collectible Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
On May 24, 1976, a wine tasting took place in Paris that changed the world’s view of California wines forever.
The 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon – the first vintage produced with grapes from vines a mere three years old – was judged the best. The Cabernet had bested four top-ranked Bordeaux, including first-growths Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay from California bested its French counterparts.
Today, the wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars continue to command the respect and admiration of wine aficionados the world over, proving beyond a doubt that the Paris victory was no accident, and that our Napa Valley wines age as gracefully as the beautiful and time-honored wines of Bordeaux.