||Stags Leap District
||Aged in 100% New French oak for 18 months
||Each vineyard block was fermented separately in stainless steel vats with variable skin contact time ranging from 14-30 days.
The velvet palate is back with the elegant tannins that Elevage is known for. Round and pleasant with no hard edges this wine has beautiful fruit on delivery with a luscious mid-palate and a long 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.
The 2005 vintage was one of the latest harvests we’ve had. A very cool, wet spring set the stage for late bud break and a cascade of subsequent delays. The great advantage of 2005 was the slow ripening we experienced allowing flavor maturity without sky-high sugars. The end result of the vintage was nice yields with high-quality, concentration and color.