||Stags Leap District
||18 months in 50%new French Oak/50% used French Oak
||Each variety was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks with variable skin contact time.
This plush wine coats the palate, exuding blackberry and black cherry flavors with hints of smoke. The velvety tannins are seamlessly integrated, making it suitable for a meal or simply by itself.
Our 134-acre estate lies in the heart of the Stags Leap District, the first viticultural area in the United States to be approved based on the distinctiveness of its soils. With 28 distinctive vineyard blocks showing an array of different aspects, soil types, clones and rootstocks, our vineyard provides a diversity of flavors that are artfully blended to capture the holistic representation of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
Another rainy spring and cool temperatures led to a late harvest and some challenges in the vineyard and cellar. This is the kind of vintage that required much attention to our Estate Vineyards to optimize the quality of our wines. In the end we were please with the balance and the suppleness of these wines.