I chanced upon this wine of the Wine list of Jaipur Mariott and decided to have a stab at the stag :-D.
This is a wine from the Stag Leap Vineyard from Napa Valley, California. The Wine is made from Merlot varietal. Its dark purple in colour
On the nose there were hints of Plum, Chocolate, Vanilla and a hint of Oak.
On the palate it had a distinct fruity, cherry taste, which had a very long finish. It was tannic but a very smooth finish which lingered on for a while.
Excellent Wine and I was glad i went for it :)
It paired beautifully with braised lamb shanks.
The Stag Leap winery achieved significant international recognition in 1976, at the ‘Judgment of Paris’ where it’s 1973 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon won first place among ten top French and California red wines in a blind taste test by leading French wine experts. The French wines tasted were prestigious first and second growths wines from the 1970 and 1971 vintage from Château Haut-Brion, Château Mouton-Rothschild, Château Leoville Las Cases and Château Montrose.
The result of the tasting has been described by Decanter as "a victory that put California on the winemaking map, and established Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars as a global superstar", and by Paul Lukacs as "most important, it enabled not only the United States but also Australia, South America, and the rest of the New World to emerge as legitimate sources of increasingly superior wines."
A bottle of 1973 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon was placed into the Smithsonian National Museum of American History collection in 1996 as a result of placing first in this competition and to reflect the impact that the achievement had on the United States wine industry.