Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Fay" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  

Napa Valley - California, USA

750ml / 14.5% ABV 

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging: 22 months, 89% new French oak

95 points Wine Enthusiast

  From the vineyard that helped propel the appellation’s reputation into the stratosphere, this wine delivers both in terms of its historical significance, but also in present-day refinement and complexity. A flinty, earthy layer of black truffle and coffee open the aromatic profile of the wine before offering bold, brawny flavors of leather and black currant. The oak is well integrated and the tannins sizable yet behaved. This is a beautiful wine. *Editors’ Choice* (VB)   (6/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard boasts loads of black cherry and black raspberry fruit, a floral characteristic common to this terroir, a beautiful deep ruby/purple color, sweet tannin and a dramatic, lush, Margaux-like finish. This is sexy, lush, full-throttle wine to drink over the next 10-15 years. (RP)  (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

  Impressive, with a rich, juicy core of black currant, blackberry, dusty earth and savory underbrush, giving this an expansive, well-focused range of flavors. Drink now through 2028. (JL)   (9/2015)

92 points Decanter

  This wine has both elegance and finesse, expressing creamy aromas of fine oak and cigar box accompanied by fresh, juicy dark fruits. Five-spice, menthol, harmonious cherry and a raspberry hint give a complex yet balanced red fruit character. Founded in 1970 and winner of the best red wine in the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting, this is one of Napa’s ‘first growths’. Drinking window 2018 - 2035 (RS)  (9/2018)

90 points W&S Wine & Spirits

 This is a clean vintage from Fay, the historic Napa Valley vineyard tucked into the hillside of the Stags Leap escarpment on alluvial soils. The wine’s purple-and-garnet-hued fruit feels tied directly to its tannins, relatively light in body, but with firm depth of flavor. It’s fragrant, earthy and satisfying, an elegant partner for roast leg of lamb. Jancis Robinson

  Very classy claret on the nose. Polished and sweet. Dry finish. 17.5/20 points   (2/2015)

The FAY vineyard is where the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars story began. Established by pioneering grape grower Nathan Fay in 1961, it was the first planting of Cabernet Sauvignon in what is now the Stags Leap District. At the time, conventional wisdom maintained that the area was too cold for Cabernet Sauvignon. But tasting Nathan Fay's homemade Cabernet in 1969 was a defining moment for the founder of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Here was land capable of producing a wine that could rival the best in the world. Within a year an adjoining ranch, now known as S.L.V., was purchased. And, in 1986, the winery purchased Nathan Fay's vineyard and named it FAY in his honor.


Elegant and inviting with a nose of violet, cinnamon, vanilla clove and boysenberry that brings to mind a slice of dark berry pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The wine has a silky, velvety texture from the fine tannins and rich fruit core that allows the wine to flow over the midpalate and merge with the signature bright red cherry notes of the vineyard. While not bold in character, the 2012 FAY has great persistence and length, promising long life.

An elegant partner for a roast leg of lamb.

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Type: Red Wine

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