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1994 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Fay Vineyard
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"The 1994s were much more impressive when tasted last year. At present, they reveal similar degrees of tart acidity, although this component is not quite as pronounced. Surprisingly, the PH levels must be in the 3.4 range, which is very low by the standards of the world's greatest Merlots and Cabernets. The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard offers up a sweet, tobacco, coffee, spicy, herbal nose, followed by elegant, fruitcake, medium-bodied redcurrant flavors with a subtle hint of black fruits. The wine is round, with tangy acidity, but not the abrasive levels of tartness found in some of the other reds. The finish reveals good structure, purity, and tannin. This wine should drink well for 10-12 years. Stags Leap Wine Cellars red wines have always been among my favorites, but I was surprised by the pronounced level of tart acidity found in the 1994s and 1995s. High acidity, together with a low PH, causes a wine's texture to become compressed. The result is a wine that tastes too compact and lean. The 1994s and 1995s possess excellent to outstanding raw materials, but can these two vintages signal a change in the winemaking philosophy at Stag's Leap? I hope not." - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #108 (Dec 1996)