Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
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|Region||California, Napa Valley|
|Brand||Stag's Leap Wine Cellars|
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis is a very pretty wine that shows just how alluring the vintage is. Open-knit and silky, Artemis is so inviting today. Crushed flowers, hints of spice, leather, cedar and tobacco add attractive layers of nuance to this mid-weight, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag's Leap.
From a blend of beautiful sites across the valley, including Arcadia Vineyard in Coombsville and Rancho Chimiles in Wooden Valley, as well as small amounts of grapes from S.L.V. and Fay, this wine is inviting in dense aromas of red fruit, caramel and brioche. With dashes of Petit Verdot and Malbec, it finishes on accents of tobacco and cedar.
Always a solid value in Napa Cabernet, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis has a varietal nose of darker currants and subtle blue fruits as well as green tobacco, lead pencil shavings, chocolate, and cedarwood. This carries to a medium-bodied, nicely textured, elegant 2018 that offers the vintage's fresher, more elegant texture, present tannins, and plenty of length on the finish. It's not for those craving blockbuster wines, but it has elegance and charm. It should benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 10-12.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis is composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Deep garnet-purple in color, it storms out of the glass with bold notes of baked plums, boysenberries and warm cassis, plus hints of spice box and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, lively and with crunchy black fruits and herbal accents, the uncomplicated flavors are framed by by soft tannins, finishing savory.