Updated: Sep 15, 2018
The wine of the week is Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2015 “Artemis” Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. The Napa Valley AVA is world renowned for it's Cabernet Sauvignon which is considered to be it's premier red wine varietal. While there are 16 sub-AVAs in Napa Valley, a Mediterranean climate and volcanic soil are among the many attributes of the region. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon is famous for upstaging several prominent French wines by being judged the best in the Judgment of Paris. This wine boasts a beautiful ruby color and a nose of ripe black plums and black currants, complemented by floral notes and a soft oak finish. The palate is full with soft, round tannins, ripe plum and currant flavors, a juicy mouth feel, with a pleasant oaky presence on the mid-palate. It is complex and well balanced and draws you in for sip after sip to experience the subtle undertones with a hint of minerality on the finish. This is a wine for wine lovers. It is approachable without being flabby but bold enough to intrigue. Do it a favor and enjoy it alone to revel in it's subtleties or, if you insist, pair it with a cheese platter or a nice steak to match the full array of flavors within. At $50 a bottle this is an extravagant pleasure but one that is well worth it.