Review: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2019 Karia and 2018 Artemis

Review: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2019 Karia and 2018 Artemis

Two new bottles sizzling off the press at Napa’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars — comprising the 2 most iconic California grape varietals there are.

2019 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay Napa Valley – Classically styled and considerably doughy, this wine combines vibrant notes of applesauce and lemon curd with a layer of baking spice and toasted coconut. There’s a lot of vanilla to go round, plus a pinch of sawdust — oak hasn’t been spared on this one — with a end that nods at guava. Nicely-rounded, however not totally shocking. B+ / $28

2018 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Fruit is surprisingly missing on this bottling, and though hints of raspberry might be discovered on the palate if you happen to search arduous sufficient, the wine retains its deal with licorice, forest flooring, and the darkest depths of the barrel. Notes of darkish chocolate emerge on the tannic, restrained conclusion, however that’s a very long time coming. Possibly just a few years of cellar time would soften issues up? B- / $55

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2018 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

$55

Ranking

7.0/10

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