The nose was knockout good with complex aromas of anise, cedar, and sweet tobacco. The mouth was packed with fruit – cranberry waves atop blackberry all balanced along a tightrope of acidity. With a huge aging potential, this wine clearly belonged among the top wines of the Valley.
The vineyard this comes from (protected by an NDA) is over a hundred years old and had made its way into dozens of historic Stag’s Leap Cabernets. No young vines here. The wine maybe had a little less oak, nothing different there. Chad really had finally, really hit pay-dirt in Stag’s Leap.
Now to find out the price. Had Chad gotten it for half off? Less than a hundred bucks a bottle?
The final answer was equally astonishing. The biggest price AND biggest deal ever on a Chad selection.