||Stags Leap District
||17 months in new French Oak
||Each variety was fermented separately in stainless tanks with variable contact time ranging from 6-25 days.
This extroverted wine has a generous mid-palate with tannins of equal grace. 2004 has gifted us with powerful velvet and an extraordinary finish.
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. Elevage is crafted from grapes across our 28 distinctive vineyard blocks planted to [five] different red varieties for a proprietary blend that captures the essence of the silky tannins of our estate.
Short and sweet summarizes the 2004 vintage. It was one fastest and earliest of the decade starting in August, two to three weeks earlier than normal. With a crush of excellent quality fruit and yields per acre that were normal to light, the vintage brought high quality wines in limited quantities.