2002 Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley

ImageWell, its the holidays and we try to break into the basement wine cellar more often and  bring up some top shelf wines. Not that we have many but we do have about 15 bottles of what most people would consider to be pretty elite wines. We found ourselves climbing the stairs today with a bottle of Stag’s Leap Cabernet in our hands! We attend quite a few wine tastings throughout the year and many of them have some Stag’s Leap available to sample. So I guess that is why we were able to wait 10 years before deciding to open up this bottle today. And I am sure we saw it on the Mayan calendar recently to drink some great bottles of wine before December 21, 2012. So we opened up the Stag’s Leap Artemis Napa Cabernet tonight….just in case those Mayans were on to something. In our glass, this wine was a deep garnet color with nice, strong legs on the side of our glass. On the nose, nuances of black cherry, ripe plum, eucalyptus, and violets. The mouthfeel was full bodied, round, with a good tannin structure. Flavors of lush raspberries, ripe cherries, tea, and spices were exploding across our palate! Elegant, with fine tuned tannins and a long, lingering finish which encompassed more flavors of cocoa, cherry, and vanilla spice! We were very pleased with this wine and it paired well with our English Pot Roast and roasted vegetables. We feel this would also pair well with a sirloin steak, medium to sharp cheeses, pasta with tomato meat sauce, and other beef dishes.

2002 Napa Valley was not considered a banner year in California but all in all, this was a very good wine and a wine that would go better with food. We give this 2002 Stags Leap Artemis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon a well deserved 90 points. Lush fruit balanced with pleasant spices and a long, elegant finish. No complaints here. It may be tough finding a replacement for this wine in our wine cellar. But as time moves forward, like on the Mayan calendar, so must our best wines be drank and replaced with newer vintages. The circle of life. WineSplashing!!

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