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Stags Leap District

Stags Leap District AVA in southern Napa Valley has a storied history. It is home to Stag’s Leap Cellars, whose 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon won the famous Judgment of Paris blind tasting that included several of Bordeaux’s most exalted First Growths. Vineyards were started in area in the late 19th century, but the district’s rise in prestige started in the late 1960s when Nathan Fay planted Cabernet Sauvignon. Fay later sold his estate to Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap Cellars. The district was given its own AVA designation in 1989, and today there are 1,400 vineyard acres. The AVA is especially notable because it was the first in the U.S. to be granted AVA status based on terroir. Its distinctive soils is a mix of volcanic soils, river sediment and loamy clay-like soil. Because the soils don’t retain water well, vineyards in Stag’s Leap tend to grow fruit with great intensity and flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 95% of the grapes planted in Stags Leap.

2000 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Light capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; very top shoulder fill

WS  95   
RP  93   
ST  90   

2001 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

1.5ltr

RP  100   
WS  95   
ST  95+    

2002 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Light label condition issue

RP  100   
WS  97   
ST  96   
JR  16   

2002 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

1.5ltr

RP  100   
WS  97   
ST  96   
JR  16   

2003 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

1.5ltr

Light label condition issue

RP  100   
WE  96   
WS  93   
ST  93   

2004 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Label condition issue

WE  100   
RP  99   
WS  94   
ST  91-94   

2006 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

RP  96   
ST  93   
WS  92   

2006 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Light label condition issue

RP  96   
ST  93   
WS  92   

2006 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Light label condition issue

RP  96   
ST  93   
WS  92   

2006 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

RP  96   
ST  93   
WS  92   

2007 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

1.5ltr

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WA  100   
ST  96   
WS  92   

2007 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

1.5ltr

WA  100   
ST  96   
WS  92   

2008 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Light label condition issue

WE  97   
WA  96   
WS  96   
ST  93-95   

2008 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

WE  97   
WA  96   
WS  96   
ST  93-95   

2009 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

WA  98   
WE  97   
WS  96   
ST  94-96   

2014 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

WA  98   
VN  97+    

2014 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

WA  98   
VN  97+    

2015 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

WA  98+    
JS  98   
VN  95+    

2014 Shafer Vineyards One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon

VN  93   
RP  91   
WS  90   

2017 Realm Moonracer

JS  97   
JD  96   
VN  94   

2019 Realm Moonracer

WA  97+    
VN  97   

2019 Realm Moonracer

WA  97+    
VN  97   

2008 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon

WE  95   

2016 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chase Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Bevan Cellars Wildfoote Vineyard Vixen Block Cabernet Sauvignon

WA  98   
JD  96