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Taylor Family Vineyards 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

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Tasting notes: A dark, sultry infusion of chocolate, cherry, ripe black plum, and fragrant cedar, this velvety red’s color, scent, taste, and texture are guaranteed to enrapture four of the five senses. Worth knowing: Though the first winery in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District opened its doors in 1878, California’s best-known varietal, cabernet sauvignon, did not arrive in the appellation until the early 1960s, when Nathan Fay planted his vineyards along the Silverado Trail. In 1976, Pat and Jerry Taylor moved into the neighborhood, purchasing 23 acres—9 of which they planted to vineyards in 1980—and adding their name to the district’s already impressive roster of producers.

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