Napa Valley shows off its aging prowess in this 2002 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars FAY. Purchased through WineBid for a WSET wine course, it certainly showed off its wares. Black fruits and spice, firm tannins and bright acidity were still alive and kicking, along with that older-bottle magic: layers of hedonistic leather, tobacco, and forest floor aromas, making it hard to stop sticking my nose in the wine glass.

FAY is the first wine I fell in love with, on my first trip to Napa Valley as a visitor, and I took several bottles home. Those are long gone, but it is nice to know that killer vintages like the 2002 can still be sipped and enjoyed today.

If you’ve been able to put Napa Valley wine away in a cellar (lucky you!) or if you can purchase a library bottle (Total Wine, Wine.com and others show the 2002 for sale online), this will make your holiday merry and bright for sure.

Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.

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