Reviews for this vintage: 2012
JamesSuckling.com, Jul 2015
“Lots of black currant, raspberry and floral character. Yet it's reserved and subtle. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. I like the hints of smoke and spice. Drink now.” – James Suckling
Wine Enthusiast, Jun 2015
Dark roasted espresso beans and tobacco leaf imprint this estate-grown offering, which has a big, brawny presence of ripe blackberry and plum around a soft, approachable midpalate and mellow finish. The wine is given a floral lift on the aroma, akin to rose and violet. - V.B. (online only)
Reviews for other vintages
Wine Spectator Insider, Mar 2013
Strikes an inviting balance of intensity and finesse, displaying a rich core of dark berry, mocha, black licorice and crushed rock, ending with a graceful crease on the finish. Drink now through 2022. - J.L.
Wine Enthusiast, May 2013
Another voluptuous Cabernet from Terlato, this is rich and savory with black currant and mocha flavors. Smoky oak and soft but penetrating tannins add complexity. A beautiful, festive wine to drink now or over the next 4-5 years. - S.H.
Wine & Spirits, Dec 2009
Black cherry fruit expands into this wine's tannins, so pitch black and velvety that they're nearly imperceptible. They add savor, firmness and grip to the fresh red tones of the fruit, ending on restrained richness. A satisfying and authentic SLD wine, this is made by Doug Fletcher from two blocks at Chimney Rock.
The Gray Market Report, Nov 2009
American wine importer Tony Terlato made his fortune by overcharging suckers for Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, turning a flavorless but inoffensive wine into an unstoppable brand that's consistently the leading premium white wine choice in U.S. restaurants. The man does know wine and I find his less cynical domestic projects to generally be of the highest quality. This is no exception: This wine, from new plantings, is exactly what I want from Stags Leap -- elegant and balanced, with cherry and ripe red plum flavors and a nice current of minerality. A restrained 13.8% alcohol. In addition to being talented, head winemaker Doug Fletcher is married to the best cheese critic on the planet.
WineReviewOnline.com, Jun 2008
Medium-full, perfectly ripe, and with just 13.8% alcohol, this wine strikes a fine balance. Beautifully complex, polished and understated, it offers vibrant cassis and black cherry fruit, sage, earth and subtle herb complexity, and a long, rewarding finish.
Fra Noi, Dec 2009
Blackberry, black cherry, cassis, notes of licorice, soft forward fruit, delicious textures. Score: 90