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Cavus Cabernet Sauvignon Stag's Leap 2015

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Price: $125.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 97 Points
“One sip is all it takes to be seduced by this voluptuous Cabernet. Cavus hails from a perfect high elevation Stags Leap District vineyard and delivers velvety rich, lush and opulent  blackberry coulis, cherry, blueberry, sage, cassis, cocoa powder and slightly toasted oak flavors. This is a crowd pleaser today and will cellar for many years. Enjoy now-2028.” - California Wine Advisors
 
Robert Parker’s Barrel Tasting Notes:
“Dave Phinney is one of the more creative young minds in all of the world’s winedom. He is doing things that are far beyond his modest age and deserves to be commended for the brilliant individuality/singularity of all of his efforts.” - Robert Parker (WA# 221)
 
“The well-known Dave Phinney is the winemaker at this Stags Leap vineyard which sits on a slope overlooking the famed Fay Vineyard and Shafer. This is pure rocky, iron-rich soil with some volcanic components. Possibly the best of the recent vintages will turn out to be the 2015 Cavus, which is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc aged 18 months in a combination of new and used French oak. This seems to have flesh, concentration, and density. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this go 15-20 years. Drink 2017-2037.” - Robert Parker (WA #228)

BACKGROUND 
Cavus is a family run vineyard nestled in the hillside of the Stag’s Leap appellation in Napa Valley. If you are familiar with Stag’s Leap you know the region is famous for producing rich, robust Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Darryl Browman has always been a wine enthusiast. His passion for sharing things he loves was a catalyst for starting the vineyard. He also wanted the vineyard name to have personal meaning. So Cavus, The Cave is a personal tribute to friends, good fortune and life. Darryl and two friends were skiing in Argentina when they took a wrong turn and found themselves on the backside of the mountain with no way out. They built “a cave” and the three friends settled in for the night not knowing what the future would bring. As good fortune would have it they were rescued 24 hours later, tired, thankful and full of joy. The experience reinforced their philosophy on drinking good wine: why wait for a “special occasion”? Celebrate life each day and always drink good wine. 

Winemaker Profile: Dave Phinney 
While an aspiring attorney in college, Dave Phinney traveled to Italy and was so inspired by the vineyards, the wines, and the artistry of the process, that he decided his dream was to be a winemaker instead. Phinney got his start by working harvests at Robert Mondavi and Opus One. To continue his search for knowledge, Phinney went to work at Whitehall Lane where he trained under winemaker Dean Sylvester. Phinney has since honed and applied his unique skills and understanding of how to nurture the most complex, aromatic, and full bodied wines to his own label, Orin Swift, which include such critically acclaimed, cult wines as The Prisoner, Mercury Head, and Papillon.
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 97 Points
“One sip is all it takes to be seduced by this voluptuous Cabernet. Cavus hails from a perfect high elevation Stags Leap District vineyard and delivers velvety rich, lush and opulent  blackberry coulis, cherry, blueberry, sage, cassis, cocoa powder and slightly toasted oak flavors. This is a crowd pleaser today and will cellar for many years. Enjoy now-2028.” - California Wine Advisors
 
Robert Parker’s Barrel Tasting Notes:
“Dave Phinney is one of the more creative young minds in all of the world’s winedom. He is doing things that are far beyond his modest age and deserves to be commended for the brilliant individuality/singularity of all of his efforts.” - Robert Parker (WA# 221)
 
“The well-known Dave Phinney is the winemaker at this Stags Leap vineyard which sits on a slope overlooking the famed Fay Vineyard and Shafer. This is pure rocky, iron-rich soil with some volcanic components. Possibly the best of the recent vintages will turn out to be the 2015 Cavus, which is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc aged 18 months in a combination of new and used French oak. This seems to have flesh, concentration, and density. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this go 15-20 years. Drink 2017-2037.” - Robert Parker (WA #228)

BACKGROUND 
Cavus is a family run vineyard nestled in the hillside of the Stag’s Leap appellation in Napa Valley. If you are familiar with Stag’s Leap you know the region is famous for producing rich, robust Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Darryl Browman has always been a wine enthusiast. His passion for sharing things he loves was a catalyst for starting the vineyard. He also wanted the vineyard name to have personal meaning. So Cavus, The Cave is a personal tribute to friends, good fortune and life. Darryl and two friends were skiing in Argentina when they took a wrong turn and found themselves on the backside of the mountain with no way out. They built “a cave” and the three friends settled in for the night not knowing what the future would bring. As good fortune would have it they were rescued 24 hours later, tired, thankful and full of joy. The experience reinforced their philosophy on drinking good wine: why wait for a “special occasion”? Celebrate life each day and always drink good wine. 

Winemaker Profile: Dave Phinney 
While an aspiring attorney in college, Dave Phinney traveled to Italy and was so inspired by the vineyards, the wines, and the artistry of the process, that he decided his dream was to be a winemaker instead. Phinney got his start by working harvests at Robert Mondavi and Opus One. To continue his search for knowledge, Phinney went to work at Whitehall Lane where he trained under winemaker Dean Sylvester. Phinney has since honed and applied his unique skills and understanding of how to nurture the most complex, aromatic, and full bodied wines to his own label, Orin Swift, which include such critically acclaimed, cult wines as The Prisoner, Mercury Head, and Papillon.



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Cavus

Vineyard Designate

AVA Stags Leap District

Region Napa Valley