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Stags’ Leap Winery

$39

2010 Napa Valley Petite Sirah

If you’re nostalgic for a time when Napa Valley was planted to petite sirah; when it offered reds that were savory and spicy rather than sweet; when you could afford to buy a Napa Valley red with the kind of complex herbal notes and layered tannic detail that would juice up roast lamb; well, that time is now. Decant a bottle and think, for a moment, that you’re in southwest France.

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Stags’ Leap Winery, Napa, CA

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Stags’ Leap Winery

$80

2009 Stags Leap District Napa Valley The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

As beefy as a rib eye, this wine feels cool and generous. It seems to shrug off any pretense and makeup, presenting a vinous reality of tart black cherry flavors and lean tobacco scents. The flavors come into firm focus in the end, where the wine shows its refinement. (1,000 cases)

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Stags’ Leap Winery, Napa, CA

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Stags’ Leap Winery

$52

2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This cabernet expresses the restrained ripeness of the 2010 vintage in flavors that are more earthy than fruity: scents of forest floor, the fruitiness of mushrooms, the fineness of the tannins. The finish feels clean, open and airy, with enough space between the tannins to taste the wine’s layered complexity. Decant it for roast squab or other dark-meated game birds.

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Stags’ Leap Winery, Napa, CA

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Stags’ Leap Winery

$52

2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Black fruit and smoky oak combine in this warm, cocoa-scented cabernet, its charry tannins warming the finish. For brisket.

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Napa, CA

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