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Tue, Apr 30, 2024 10:00AM EDT - Tue, May 7, 2024 08:00PM EDT
  • 1979
  • 750ml
  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Napa County
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Red
  • FF2209
  • FF2216
Lot 690

1979 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 8 bottle(s)-750ml format

Estimate: CAD$4,200 - CAD$6,000

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CAD$0 CAD$20
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CAD$50,000 CAD$5,000
CAD$100,000 CAD$10,000
This lot is comprised of 8 bottle(s) of 1979 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 750ml. Estimate for this lot is between $4200 - $6000 with a reserve of $3250. The wine in this lot belongs to collection 11105.


Please note the following bottle conditions in this lot Top Shoulder on one bottle on 1979 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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A family cellar who's patriarch bought most of the wine on release directly from wineries and held in his home cellar. In October of 1989 the wines were transferred to a professional wine storage facility in NYC (we have the intake receipts) where they have sat until being brought to auction.
Winemaker notes- This year gave ample opportunity for challenge to wine growers and winemakers in Napa Valley. It was a cool year, with very slow development of ripeness. This brought about a very late harvest. In fact, because Cabernet is a late variety in itself, the harvest was exceptionally late. Some grapes were thus caught by the rainfall at the end of harvest. It was a harvest more similar to Bordeaux than the Napa Valley. The Cask 23, because of the early ripening location, escaped the rain entirely. The color of the wine itself reveals this favorable circumstance- it is deep, undiminished and attractive. Rich, dark, cedary, overtones in the fruit of the nose carry forward this impression to the lively, textured, Cabernet spiciness of flavors. There is a wonderful interplay here between a certain austerity in the structure and the vibrancy of the layered flavors. This creates palate interest, which continues to the completion of the long resonant finish. The wine has outstanding balance of acid/tannin- its overall impression is one of elegance on a substantial scale.